Browsing: Brian Dames

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New Eskom boss’s momentous little decision

It may seem a trivial matter, but the significance of the decision by new Eskom group chief executive Phakamani Hadebe to reintroduce weekly system status bulletins cannot be overstated. On Thursday, at the launch of the first

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Break Eskom’s monopoly before it breaks SA

If anyone still has any doubts about the severity of our electricity crisis, two recent articles should act as a final wake-up call. The first reported that cabinet had been briefed by Eskom on the risk of a nationwide blackout

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Eskom to learn its funding fate

Eskom will know by September how government plans to help it remain financially sustainable, public enterprises minister Lynne Brown told MPs on Tuesday. Addressing parliament’s portfolio committees on energy and public enterprises, Brown said an inter-governmental task team had come up with several options for Eskom’s financial problems

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You will pay to bail out Eskom

Financially embattled Eskom has run to the government for additional funding to pay its spiralling bills. But the treasury has refused and said it will not fund the utility from its strained coffers, and the energy regulator couldn’t help even if it wanted to. Faced with a shortfall

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Eskom gets acting boss

Former National Energy Regulator of South Africa chairman Collin Matjila will be acting CEO of Eskom when current CEO Brian Dames steps down next week, the power utility said on Thursday. “Upon the appointment of the substantive chief executive, Mr Matjila will return to his position as a nonexecutive director

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Medupi would not have saved us

Eskom board chairman Zola Tsotsi said on Friday that at least five of Medupi’s units would have had to be running to have made a meaningful contribution to filling the 3GW shortfall experienced on Thursday. Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger warned on Sunday that Eskom has not ruled out the possibility

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Eskom bosses must pay back bonuses: DA

The Democratic Alliance is demanding that R31m in bonuses paid to Eskom “directors” be “returned” to national treasury following Thursday’s rolling blackouts, the first since 2008’s power crisis. The DA says it wants the money paid back so that it can be used to buy generators for hospitals and emergency

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Behind Dames’s departure at Eskom

Three short years at the helm. This is all it took for outgoing CEO Brian Dames to bring his decades-long career at national power utility Eskom to a close. Dames, who was appointed as CEO in 2010, and his erstwhile finance director Paul O’Flaherty, appointed in 2009, were the men brought

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