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It will be nothing short of a miracle if he manages to restore Eskom to some semblance of its former glory (lowest R/MWh, and globally on par with the best in terms of production & safety KPIs). On the nuclear side, a substantial contingent of highly qualified / skilled / experienced staff (core & critical skills, of all ethnicities) have "migrated" to Abu Dhabi (Nawah Energy). Many have rapidly risen to occupy key senior and middle management positions at Nawah, earning multiple times more $$$ than in SA. Paradoxically, whilst external organisations consider Eskom over staffed (even bloated), the reality is that there appears to be a dire shortage of core & critical technical/engineering skills, which has resulted in a surge in stress related medical conditions, low morale and even suicide. Consequently, good people are exiting to get away before they succumb to the pressure. These are the people who should have been training, coaching and mentoring young professionals. To complicate matters, BEE / BBBEE contributed significantly to ridiculously inflated pricing of spares and specialist services (that's before taking into account the devastating effect of fraud and theft, which is painted as a lesser sin, by referring to it as corruption). Mr de Ruyter needs a strong stomach to play the cards that he was dealt. DISCLAIMER: Do not take any of the above as fact - do your own research, shake a couple of trees & see what falls out ;-)
A little but until the useless ANC stops interfering and the Government allows the entry of competitors in the last mile delivery it will just carry on backsliding.