Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer has lambasted reports that load shedding will be moving to Stage 5 & 6 as 'unnecessary and irresponsible'.
He says they are working hard to fix the tube leaks in the boilers and to do necessary maintenance on the generation plants in order to keep the country's lights on.
He says the utility has also managed to secure more diesel to run the open-cycle gas turbine peaking plants.
At this point, we maintain Stage 4 and bringing back the units that have been out over the next two days, we believe, will take us down to the lower stages of load shedding.— Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom
Oberholzer took the opportunity to respond to allegations that the company which built two controversial power plant, Medupi and Kusile, were given a blank cheque and cashed R12 billion.
According to reports, this happened while Oberholzer was still general manager for capital projects at Eskom.
He says everything was above board when he signed for the contract.
There was a solid procurement process that was at the time run and submission was done to the board tender committee in 2007 and it was approved for engineering consulting firm Black & Veatch.— Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom
An amount of R4.1 billion was approved over a period of 10 years.— Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom
We actually had a meeting about it yesterday and we are clear that there was nothing malicious, nothing underhand, no shenanigans whatsoever and I say this openly.— Jan Oberholzer, COO - Eskom
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Eskom's COO denies having a hand in a highly irregular contract to US firm