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eskomTimesLIVE reports that last year alone, 2,000 Eskom employees left the embattled parastatal.  Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter made the revelation on Monday as he delivered a virtual address on the power utility’s state of affairs.  

He said the company had been looking at its fixed and staff costs, and realised that it needed to cut back on its employee costs, which essentially meant reducing staff.  However, none of those who were released from Eskom’s employ were retrenched.  Some retired while others took voluntary severance packages.  “We followed the instruction of our shareholders not to engage in forced retrenchments. We are on a path to steadily reduce our headcount over time to maintain a staff cost that we believe is commensurate with the requirements of our very large and complex business that we operate,” De Ruyter said.  He added that he was aware of the narrative that the utility could operate with a staff complement of 30,000, but stressed that that was not correct.  After a thorough analysis of Eskom’s requirements to run smoothly, De Ruyter said it needed about 38,000 employees.  “We think that is a right-sized number. We are now at about 44,000,” he indicated.  He did not give a timeline to reach the desired number of staff.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Naledi Shange at TimesLIVE

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