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Eskom has announced it will be suspending two managers in charge of the Kendal and Tutuka power stations, in the wake of load shedding.
“While it is true the aging fleet is plagued by legacy issues of neglect and omitted maintenance and is therefore susceptible to unpredictable breakdowns, it is also true the situation is exacerbated by serious issues of apathetic behaviour by some management staff,” the power utility said on Friday, 4 September 2020.
“It is for this reason the board has come out strongly in support of group chief executive Andre de Ruyter in his action yesterday morning of summarily suspending the Tutuka and Kendal power station managers pending disciplinary inquiries. Further interventions are ongoing at the Kriel and Duvha power stations.”
The power utility has assured its customers it is attending to the power utility’s inability to keep the lights on and is engaging its executive management.
The cash-strapped entity implemented stage four load shedding on Thursday, 3 September 2020, but has scaled down the power cuts to Stage 3 on Friday, from 08h00 until 22h00.
“In order to replenish the emergency generation reserves, load shedding will then continue into the weekend. The system remains unreliable and vulnerable and Eskom will continue to communicate the stage of load shedding should there be any further developments,” said the power utility in a statement.
“Unplanned breakdowns amount to 11 185MW of capacity, adding to the 5 040MW currently out on planned maintenance. Eskom teams are working around the clock to return as many of these generation units to service as possible.”
Eskom further said its board was pleased that some of its generation units were returned to service, which is attributed to the power cuts being downgraded to stage three. However it has said of the high levels of failure at the utility.
“Engagements have been held with other power station mangers to ensure that the previous culture of weak consequence management will no longer be the norm and will no longer be tolerated at Eskom.”
Three senior generation managers will be deployed at the Duvha, Kriel, Tutuka and Kendal power stations.
The utility said it had met twice with the minister of public enterprises Pravin Gordhan to discuss load shedding.
“In these meetings it has been agreed than an urgent culture change and high-level competence enhancement across all 44,00 staff … should be accelerated, promoted and strongly supported,” Eskom said.