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eskomBizNews writes that the analysts at top rated money manager Allan Gray join the financial dots better than most and chief investment officer Andrew Lapping did so again during a recent roadshow.  

He drew numbers from Eskom’s own annual reports to expose the extent of the mismanagement at the monopoly state-owned power utility.  Lapping noted that in 2003, Eskom employed 32,000 people.  Today that number stands at 47,600, up almost 50%.  The average annual salary of each Eskom employee has risen from R220,000 to R785,000 – massively over the inflation rate (R400,000).  But, the crunch is that Eskom’s electricity production is the same as it was in 2003.  In other words, today it employs 50% more people and pays them almost double the real wages of 14 years ago.  Yet they deliver the same amount of power.  That’s called a productivity meltdown.  So it’s no mystery why taxpayers are expected to keep coughing up billions in bailouts.

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