Eskom issues senior managers with retrenchment notice

Date: Nov 8, 2018

The board at State-owned electricity utility Eskom has approved a process that could result in the retrenchment of senior managers, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Eskom said in a statement that, despite efforts to curb expenditure, operating costs had continued to increase dramatically, while output had remained largely unchanged.

“As a result, Eskom’s board of directors has decided to review the company’s organisational design to enhance operational and cost efficiencies. As such, Eskom’s board has approved a Section 189 process for its executive structure [F-Bands].”

Eskom did not immediately indicate how many employees could be affected by the process, nor did it indicate what level of cost savings were being targeted.

The notice comes amid renewed fears of load-shedding, following a rise in unplanned outages, which has forced the utility to rely more heavily, in recent weeks, on its expensive open-cycle gas turbines.

It also comes ahead of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s adjudication of Eskom’s fourth multiyear price determination submission, through which is has applied for three yearly tariff increases of 15% for the 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22 financial years.

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