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eskomBusiness Report writes that Eskom intends to reduce its employee headcount by 4.2% to 31,675 for 2018/19, but on Monday said that retrenchments were not on the table.  

The cash-strapped state-owned power utility is under pressure to reduce its costs amid falling electricity demand and claims that it is overstaffed.  Eskom’s handling of employee costs often comes up when the utility applies for tariff increases.  Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe confirmed on Monday that the utility wanted to reduce costs, but ruled out retrenchments, saying “That is not on the cards at all.”  He was responding to an earlier report that Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza had said Eskom would appoint a permanent chief executive by the end of next month to begin the process of reforming the ailing utility, which might include reducing job numbers.  National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Energy Sector Co-ordinator, Paris Mashego, said on Monday that the union, which he indicated had 17,000 members at Eskom, expected to be fully consulted before any decisions were taken about cutting employee numbers.  “Eskom’s problem is poor leadership and financial mismanagement.  They must fix that first before rushing to cut jobs,” said Mashego.


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