One looks at the board of Eskom and there is a single electrical engineer... one electrical engineer... And if you don’t have a board with the requisite skills to ask the tough questions of the management and executives then the board doesn't know what skills exist within the organization either.— Bruce Whitfield
What is going on at Eskom? Who decides how best to handle the country's power crisis? And what makes them qualified to handle crucial decisions around supply and demand?
Questions that in one way or another have been at the forefront of the Eskom controversy of late.
Now Herman Mashaba, Executive Chairman of Lephatsi Investments and Chairman of the Freemarket Foundation has added his voice to the mix.
They really owe it to this nation to tell us what they are planning because every hour or so it looks like we are getting conflicting statements.— Herman Mashaba
Speaking to Bruce Whitfield, outspoken Mashaba emphasised the need for a transparent skills audit within Eskom's management.
The interview came after Mashaba posted this tweet yesterday afternoon...
@Radio702 I honestly think we need an urgent skills audit of Eskom to establish their capacity to deal with the animal— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) February 5, 2015
Mashaba is questioning whether Eskom have the appropriate management in place to run the country's sole public power utility.
On the one side we have Eskom and on the other side we have this so called war room - this mysterious place where the big decisions are being taken. And inside that war room what skills do we have in there to actually drive the decision making process?— Bruce Whitfield
Mashaba is adamant is that the audit is the mandate of the Minister in charge of Eskom's affairs, Minister of Public Works Lynne Brown.
Certainly a presentation made in the public arena and detailing the skills within Eskom management - and, importantly, within that war room - could go a long way to alleviate concerns relating to the stability of our national power supply.
...for us as members of the public and citizens of this country we can really just howl.— Herman Mashaba
Load-shedding has become a frequent part of the day to day lives of South Africans. Sadly there exists little explanation of the failures that regularly and suddenly befall the national power supply, and also, no visible repercussions for those that are bungling behind the scenes.
Listen to the full interview with Herman Mashaba here...
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This article first appeared on 702 : Herman Mashaba wants a skills audit of Eskom's management