Eskom suspends senior executive

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Eskom has suspended its Group Capital Division Executive Abram Masango, pending his investigation on various allegations related to the Kusile Power Station project.

The management took a decision based on the seriousness of the allegations and the seniority of his position at the power utility, says Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.

“Investigations are centering around the allegations that there are some impropriety that happened at Kusile Power Station based on the fact that he is such a senior official within Eskom and the severity of this allegations, management felt that they needed to suspend him until further notice.”

The power utility has advised consumers to use energy wisely as it faces challenges with its electricity system. It also said ten power stations have less 20 days of coal stock as per grid requirement.

Eskom Group Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe says there is a recovery plan but load-shedding cannot be ruled out.

“While the causes of this are inherent it is important for us as management of Eskom to acknowledge that some of the challenges we’re facing happened in our mist. So the outcome of all this challenge has been the increased utilisation of emergency resources such as gas. The current system therefore is not optimal, and as we move forward to try to turn around this ship, we want to highlight that we do have a recovery plan. However it’s crucial that I inform you that the load-shedding can not be ruled out.”

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