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Shocking claims of how Eskom deliberately caused 2008 and 2014 load shedding

26 July 2017 9:23 AM
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Former Eskom employee reveals how the load shedding of 2008 and 2014 was “self-inflicted" by Eskom.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has told Parliament that it has evidence Eskom may have engineered load shedding that hit the country's economy hard.

The lobby group says that they have evidence the load shedding of 2008 and 2014 was “self-inflicted" by Eskom.

Portfolio director for energy at OUTA, Ted Blom, who is also a former Eskom employee says the clash between two Eskom directors caused the chaos.

He says former Chief Executive, Brian Dames and former chief financial officer Bongani Nqwababa, were at logger heads about coal purchases.

Read: Eskom created load shedding to secure coal contracts - Natasha Mazzone

What happened was Eskom ran out of coal because Dames wanted to procure coal without tenders and Nqwababa said no.

Ted Blom, Director on Energy at OUTA

I wrote an email to my director Nqwababa informing him we are running short of coal and we facing a blackout. A day after I got a message that I should shut up and stop being an alarmist and I went and bought a generator.

Ted Blom, Director on Energy at OUTA

Blom alleges that Dames stopped the maintenance of the power stations between 2010 and in 2014, which led to another round of blackouts in 2014.

He says he hopes the Commission of Inquiry will get to the bottom of this.

Since 2009 Blom has being trying to get what has been happening at Eskom out in public but he is being getting promises with no results.

Read also: Eskom top manager used load-shedding to enrich friend, then quit - reports

I have met with Mr Zuma, he undertook to sort this out and have commission of inquiry but we never had that. I really hope the Parliamentary committee of inquiry will sort this mess.

Ted Blom, Director on Energy at OUTA

Blom says he has evidence of all this which will be heard in Parliament on the August 3.

To hear the rest of the interview with Ted Blom, Listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Shocking claims of how Eskom deliberately caused 2008 and 2014 load shedding


26 July 2017 9:23 AM
Tags:
Eskom load shedding
Deliberate load shedding

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