In a series of Eskom task teams, a new technical review team has been appointed, which will conduct a rapid review of operations maintenance as well as the technical environment at its power stations.
According to Public Enterprises spokesperson Adrian Lackey, the team will report to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the technical subcommittee of the Eskom board. Read more: New committee formed to save Eskom
EWN cited Lackey saying: “They will make recommendations to the minister and to the subcommittee of the Eskom board and the idea is to really give this ministry a very clear understanding where the problems are; are they in the supply of coal, the cost of coal, and why are there technical faults at some of our biggest power plants?”
In other Eskom related news, during his testimony at the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, Eskom treasury official Sincedile Shweni, revealed that the Reserve Bank was misled about a R25 billion loan agreement Eskom had with a Chinese company.
Eskom treasury spills the beans
According to the eNCA, Shweni said that former Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown gave former executives permission to bypass the board for the loan.
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Huarong Energy Africa, with whom the agreement had been entered into, claimed to be part of another company, Huarong China.
However, Eskom’s business intelligence flagged this as untrue.