Information from a Special Investigative Unit (SIU) has come to light that suggests that Eskom engineered South Africa’s load shedding.
In 2017, a report on Eskom was put together by an SIU, but was hidden from the public eye by Jacob Zuma.
Now that the information from this document is available, shocking facts about Eskom are being exposed.
The SIU explained that load shedding was created by Eskom in order to maintain long-term relationships with coal companies.
This decision, made in 2008, ultimately cost South Africa R14.5 trillion, The Citizen reported.
SIU spokesperson, Nasreen Pandor, wrote to City Press recently and explained the figure:
“The figure of R14.5 trillion is … the total value of all coal contracts entered into during the emergency-period negotiations at Eskom. The value is the cost of the contracts for the entire duration of the contract,”
We discovered that the SIU found Eskom had also brought the need for coal upon the country, as the power utility had continuously ignored warnings that stores were running low.
The report explained, “The emergency situation that Eskom found itself in was self-created and thus, could have been avoided by the exercise of reasonable care”.
Eskom have said that they will be responding to questions and comments linked to the report next week.