If you let experienced staff go because they are white and hire people because they are black even though they do not have the knowledge or experience, then silly (preventable) things like the Eskom fiasco is going to happen.
The FF+ presented Eskom with almost two thousand names of whites with the experience and skills that Eskom desperately needs. One wonders how far that exercise is progressing? Probably just going through the publicity stage until it fizzles out.
I can't see Eskom telling AA-recipient Sipho to bugger off because Frik will now be taking his place because unlike Sipho, Frik can actually do the job. Hau!
Reading the article below where the gubbermunt concedes that the maintenance of the infrastructure is also now “below standard” does not surprise me. Indeed I expect it.
Now a statement to the contrary would have me sitting up and demanding proof but nah...*yawn*, this is the ‘new’ South Africa. Nothing surprises me anymore.
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Electricity authorities attending the Electricity Distribution Maintenance summit in Midrand, have called for action to deal with a R25 billion maintenance backlog that could further stifle economic growth.
Chairperson of the SA Local Government Association (Salga), Amos Masondo, told the summit that restoring the integrity of distribution networks to an acceptable level seems to be a mammoth task.
Minerals and Energy Minister, Buyelwa Sonjica, told delegates that government invests nearly R2 billion annually into new electricity distribution infrastructure but little is injected into maintenance.
Meanwhile, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has conceded that maintenance of South Africa's electricity infrastructure is below standard. Mlambo-Ngcuka said the country had failed to step up its maintenance capacity.