Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has set up a special 11-person technical team this week to bring Eskom back from the brink of collapse.
The spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Enterprises, Adrian Lackay talks to Kieno Kammies about the team and the plans ahead.
Eskom is in a huge hole and their problems cause huge problems for our country,— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
Lackay reiterated President Cyril Ramaphosa's statements during the 2019 State of the Nation Address, regarding breaking Eskom into three component parts - distribution, generation and transmission into separate business entities.
We need to break up this monopoly.— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
However, while this restructuring is underway issues of load shedding still occur and need to be addressed.
So what is the technical team's job? Lackay explains.
The newly appointed technical team has the job of visiting power plants and report the state of the plants to government, whether it be with coal supply, quality of coal, costs of coal, human error
What are the causes that make our biggest power plants trip regularly?— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
Why are we in a situation where Eskom has in storage capacity of 45 000 megawatts but on a daily basis hardly reach 30 000?— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
He adds, the aging infrastructure of power plants, design flaws at the new plants such as Medupi and Kusile, are all factors that need to be dealt with.
As industry experts on the ground, they need to tell us how do we move to a position where we have sustainable electricity supply and hopefully no more load shedding on a regular basis.— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
He says the team members are industry expert and have offered their services and expertise.
They have put up their hands.— Adrian Lackay, Spokesperson - Ministry of Public Enterprises
Members of the technical review team, lead by coordinators Tsakani Mthombeni and Ian Morrison, are Seeralan Chinaboo, Khumo Morolo, Gladman Mkwai, Robbie van Heerden, Sibuyela Sishuba, Walter Schmitz, Vitesh Maharaj, Lwazi Goqwana and Phindile Mooketsi,
Listen to Lackay talking about the team who they are, and how they were appointed below: