‘Bold steps’ needed to save Eskom as threat of load-shedding looms

Eskom, which is facing dire financial woes, has seen a steady decline in plant performance and coal supply, which could threaten its ability to keep the lights on, chair Jabu Mabuza said on Wednesday. 

Mabuza said at the release of the state-owned power producer’s 2018-2019 interim results that the way the company was operating now “is not sustainable”. 

“We are locked in a permanent loss-making position,” he said. “We need bold steps to save Eskom.”

Mabuza said they were engaging stakeholders to find financial alignment, with the aim of about R30bn in savings over the next five years. 

He also confirmed the permanent appointment of Calib Cassim as CFO. 

The interim results showed that most financial ratios deteriorated, and that arrears from municipalities continued to worsen — jumping from R13.6bn earlier in the year, to R17bn in September.

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