Eskom can't take back white engineers without jumping through hoops

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Eskom can't bring back the skills to stop load-shedding — here's why

Eskom can’t simply accept the offers of 70 skilled pensioners to return to the power utility and work for free, chief executive André de Ruyter has said.

Responding to questions during a recent media briefing, De Ruyter said that they must consider transformation, liability, and accountability in navigating the offers from these retirees.
 
Of course, its "transformation, liability, and accountability" that keeps the lights on and the country's economy from tanking due to a failed power provider lol.

They'll never take them back. South Africans would sooner plummet into chaos and darkness than admit they need an old white person to help them.
 
How about things like getting the job done? Transformation can happen when things are working and the old can hand over the skills to the new.
He's not wrong around accountability and cost but his comment around the biggest problem of being able to handle situations is only solved by one thing.... experience. I'd consider having them on the payroll not necessarily as full time workers but as consultants. Also to assist in the very skill audit he is trying to conduct.
 
My dad was one of those "old whites" - he was involved in building the boilers at 4 of the country's power stations. They had less technology, hardly any CAD - they relied on hand drawings and they built those things in less time its taken Eskom to repair them.

Our "empowerment" laws directly resulted in putting people into positions they knew nothing about, and now the chickens have come home to roost.
 
Disgusting racism delivered proudly by the ANC and all who supports race based employment laws. That is all there is to say. Even as Eskom is failing they refuse to hire whites that have the skills to help. Pure evil racism just like old days.
 
How about things like getting the job done? Transformation can happen when things are working and the old can hand over the skills to the new.

It's probably the politics happening behind the scenes that's preventing rehiring the volunteers, eskom is gagged and can't publicly out rightly say "the anc said don't hire because of <whatever>".
 
Eskom can't bring back the skills to stop load-shedding — here's why

Eskom can’t simply accept the offers of 70 skilled pensioners to return to the power utility and work for free, chief executive André de Ruyter has said.

Responding to questions during a recent media briefing, De Ruyter said that they must consider transformation, liability, and accountability in navigating the offers from these retirees.
How does work for free - mean that they are part of your structure?

There are simple ways around this:

1. @Kosmik indicated, they can be consultants - better yet, training consultants - train and transfer skills to the useless incumbents

2. Use the BEE laws, which is very clear, you employ the POC if they have same skills, experience and qualifications as the white person. In this case (not sure about qualifications) but the retired gentlemen beat them in two of the three areas. So Andre is talking ****.
 
I am definitely no professional when it comes to labor law or the exact application of BBBEE but the below is
utterly disgusting:

Cutting skilled white employees was needed to comply with the strict provisions in South Africa’s Equity Act.

The Department of Labour required Eskom to set quotas so the demographics of its workforce would more closely match that of the country at large.

Eskom had to submit a plan to reach these targets by 2020.

In 2019, another report surfaced that Eskom was planning to drastically cut the number of skilled white engineers and managers to meet its affirmative action targets.

Eskom allegedly targeted white employees, including engineers, tradespeople, academically qualified staff, and middle management.

Eskom denied that it had a plan to eliminate white staff, but many white employees resigned as they felt affirmative action was limiting their career prospects.
It's one thing to transform the labor market as part of the assumed 'restitution' policy that is BBBEE when it comes to hiring new labor but to actually cut current employees out and replace with a 'BBBEE' face is utterly racist! Growing the labor pool with new talent and skills is what is needed, not chopping and replacing with PC faces.
 
You have all these guys sitting at home who know how to prevent power stations exploding yet you would rather deploy cadres whose best skill is to explode those power stations.
I get it - you have a burnt earth policy.
 
But working without compensation creates a whole range of problems in terms of liability, accountability, and being engaged and subject themselves to discipline as it may be required,” he stated."

Jisses then just pay them.
Christ this country...

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This response doesn't inspire confidence of the Eskom leadership. Just the other day I'm sure they said they had a skills problem but now they are saying it's a not really a skills issue?
 
I am definitely no professional when it comes to labor law or the exact application of BBBEE but the below is
utterly disgusting:


It's one thing to transform the labor market as part of the assumed 'restitution' policy that is BBBEE when it comes to hiring new labor but to actually cut current employees out and replace with a 'BBBEE' face is utterly racist! Growing the labor pool with new talent and skills is what is needed, not chopping and replacing with PC faces.
That's how it has always been done, get rid of the white guy.
 
Eskom can’t simply accept the offers of 70 skilled pensioners to return to the power utility and work for free, chief executive André de Ruyter has said.

Responding to questions during a recent media briefing, De Ruyter said that they must consider transformation,

**** me...
 
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