eskomANA reports that the Infrastructure Research Development Centre (IRDC) said on Thursday it opposed the government's decision to bring in external engineers to investigate the crisis at state utility Eskom's power stations.  

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Wednesday told Parliament that a panel of experts would be roped in to investigate what had caused seven generating units to collapse at the weekend.  Engineers from Italian energy company Enel were apparently on their way to SA to help sort out Eskom's maintenance issues.  Gordhan stated that the power utility had suffered a brain drain due to instability and as experienced employees were pushed out.  IRDC executive director Bongani Mankewu said financing decisions needed to be taken to curb the current dire situation at Eskom, which the government planned to split into three separate entities in a bid to improve its balance sheet and contain runaway costs.  "Foreign engineers will not assist in this regard, this will lead to misleading the investment options for the country.  Foreign engineers fiddling with our information is not helping Eskom and South Africans, not at all," Mankewu opined.


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