numSowetanLive reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that the government should retain the current structure of Eskom and simply change its management to rescue the company from total collapse.  

The NUM, which is the majority union at the state-owned power utility, indicated that it had never been consulted by government on the unbundling of Eskom, a move which it believed would not save the company.  NUM president Joseph Montisetse said the government should simply disband the current board and change the management as they had failed to prevent load-shedding.  “We are not managing Eskom.  Eskom has management and a board.  We are saying the president must disband this board.  The only alternative is the status quo.  The unbundling is something that cannot solve anything.  You have to solve the management of Eskom by putting credible and effective board and effective management,” Montisetse stated.  In his state of the nation address last week, President Ramaphosa announced that Eskom would be split into entities – generation, transmission and distribution under Eskom Holdings – a move that angered trade unions.  NUM also rejected government’s move to bring international engineers in to help identify the problems at Eskom.

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