No magic wand to fix Eskom woes, it could take a while to get it back on track

Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at the UCT Graduate School of Business, Prof Anton Eberhard says Eskom is at a critical stage and does not have enough capacity to meet its power demands in South Africa.

The parastatal implemented stage one load-shedding this week due to trouble with its coal supplies.

Eberhard says the utility had troubles with management and governance during the Zuma period and it could take some time before things are back on track.

I think there is potential that management systems will be improved again and performance will be improved in that they will be able to get out of these difficulties

Prof Anton Eberhard, Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at the UCT Graduate School of Business

Eberhard says for Eskom to get its ducks in a row, it's going to have to restructure its business model and address its bloated workforce.

Just before Zuma came in 32 000 people were employed at Eskom and that number is now 48 000 which is extraordinary what happened in 10 years which is going to be an even bigger battle to fight.

Prof Anton Eberhard, Emeritus Professor and Senior Scholar at the UCT Graduate School of Business

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