'Cleaning up Eskom doesn’t suit everybody. Hands off! Don’t be treasonous!'

Minister Pravin Gordhan. Picture: YouTube screengrab.

(Also, read: Sorry, South Africa, for the damage we are causing to the economy - Eskom)

A mixture of State Capture, poor infrastructure and untrustworthy contractors are the root causes of load shedding, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday.

He says after 2010, there was no budget for major repairs and that the power system has also been sabotaged during labour unrest.

The Minister says contractors must be held accountable as construction at the Kusile and Medupi power stations is way behind schedule.

Gordhan announced that all leave has been cancelled for senior managers at Eskom.

He told managers that stage two load shedding needs to come to an end in the next 10 days, or sooner.

Gorhan confirmed longer-term plans to separate the generation and distribution capacities of the power utility.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Jabu Mabuza, Chairperson at Eskom, and played an audio clip of Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Listen to the interview and clip in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

What we are experiencing is a function of not investing in maintenance over many years… The old power stations we have not maintained are the ones we’re relying on…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

We load-shed to defend the system from total collapse…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

We have challenges on coal… We have challenges with diesel…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

Seven of our power stations have acting general managers... We can do with more [people who can do the work]… We’ve been allowed to find outside technical skills…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

There are things we need to do in the long-term that deals with the sustainability of Eskom going forward…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

We’re in a bad state… We don’t know what we don’t know…

Jabu Mabuza, Eskom

The cleaning up of an important entity… is something that doesn’t suit everybody… We want to send a message… Can you please take your hands off, Eskom? Don’t try treasonous things! Leave us alone!

Pravin Gordan, Public Enterprises Minister

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