Dec 1, 2021

Andre De Ruyter Must Resign From Eskom – BBC

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Eskom said, Stage 2 load shedding would continue from Friday as previously communicated.

FILE PHOTO: Eskom CEO André de Ruyter during Eskom press conference at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill. PICTURE: Moneyweb

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JOHANNESBURG: Stage 4 load shedding means that up to 4000MW of capacity needs to be shed.

The Black Business Council (BBC) wants Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter and the power utility’s entire board to step down.

In a statement issued on Monday, the council says: “The Black Business Council, which was among the first to congratulate Andre de Ruyter on his appointment in November, is calling for him and the entire board to step down due to their inability to resolve the prolonged electricity blackouts.”

Moreover, the BBC believes that the power utility’s leadership is “completely overwhelmed, inept and out of its depth”.

Adds the release: “They simply don’t seem to be able to have a handle on this crisis and as such, should be let go as there is apparently to be no prospect in sight for any improvement of this serious situation”.

Speaking on Johannesburg-based talk radio station on Monday, the CEO of the BBC Kganki Matabane bemoaned Eskom’s failure to keep the lights on.

“What we need is a sense of predictability and a sense that the problem will be solved at some stage whether its two years [or[ five years,” he says adding that the leadership of Eskom is incompetent.

“What is needed is leadership. The board is nowhere to be found.”

Matabane further added that the council has requested an urgent meeting with the minister on public enterprises Pravin Gordhan and President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding Eskom’s crisis.

“We are waiting for them to indicate when we can meet.”

Matabane noted that load shedding was a threat to economic recovery.

Eskom announced an escalation of load shedding to Stage 4 from Monday afternoon.

The power utility attributed the scheduled power cuts to insufficient generation capacity

Furthermore, Eskom said, Stage 2 load shedding would continue from Friday as previously communicated.

Stage 4 load shedding means that up to 4000MW of capacity needs to be shed.

Consumers can expect to be shed up to 12 times over a four-day period for two hours at a time, or 12 times over an eight-day period for four hours at a time

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