Hijacked software behind Eskom load-shedding – Report

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Hijacked software behind Eskom load-shedding – Report

The City Press has reported that a company hijacked boiler monitoring software developed, paid for, and piloted by Eskom – making the software the intellectual property of the power utility.

According to the report, a number of former Eskom employees cashed in on a R275-million boiler monitoring tender related to the software.
 

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Sorry but MBB needs to up its reporting.

When you read a report from someone that actually knows how to present information ....

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-03-22-00-a-suspect-contract-blew-the-fuse

In short - the data management of boiler maintenance was handled by an outside contractor. The contract was cancelled by government because of irregularities with the contract - Eskom employees were invested in the company and circumvented the proper tender process. However, the contract was not replaced by anything after it was cancelled a year ago. This meant that the current problems were not detected and preventative maintenance could not be carried out before they blew a gasket.

I have no issue with cancelling the suspect contract, but W(hy)TF wasn't it replaced with an alternative?
 

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Sorry but MBB needs to up its reporting.

When you read a report from someone that actually knows how to present information ....

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-03-22-00-a-suspect-contract-blew-the-fuse

In short - the data management of boiler maintenance was handled by an outside contractor. The contract was cancelled by government because of irregularities with the contract - Eskom employees were invested in the company and circumvented the proper tender process. However, the contract was not replaced by anything after it was cancelled a year ago. This meant that the current problems were not detected and preventative maintenance could not be carried out before they blew a gasket.

I have no issue with cancelling the suspect contract, but W(hy)TF wasn't it replaced with an alternative?
What about this bit:
Another, an engineer with more than a decade’s experience at Eskom, said: “All they do at Carab is collect data and use it to tell you when maintenance is due. The only reason stations are unable to do that is because they took the records when they left in 2018. They were isolating Eskom’s own system engineers at power stations. The real questions you need to ask is where their records are. Why did they [Carab] take them when Eskom paid for them?”
Carab did not respond to requests for comment
 

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So nice , you want to cut staff from Eskom , and now you have 10 000 corrupt employees . Your job is made so easy . To ensure no sabotage be smart , deploy 10 000 SANDF members to replace those people and make sure things run smoothly. Recall the soldiers after a month of firing those people
 

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Flip, 275 million for a software contract should already ring loud alarm bells. Seriously... and WHY was this system not managed and owned by Eskom in the first place? I mean, do their management not do ANYTHING for their bonuses?... oh wait, this was probably those managers.
 

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What about this bit:
reinforces my point - whatever the system was - when it was gone, it wasn't replaced by anything. Bitching that Carab took the records is pretty irrelevant, as that was historical data. Some sort of monitoring was required to replace the monitoring that was no longer being done. Eyeballs and a ringbinder would have been better than absolutely nothing.
 

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reinforces my point - whatever the system was - when it was gone, it wasn't replaced by anything. Bitching that Carab took the records is pretty irrelevant, as that was historical data. Some sort of monitoring was required to replace the monitoring that was no longer being done. Eyeballs and a ringbinder would have been better than absolutely nothing.
You need historical data to do proper monitoring. Trendline analysis and so on.
 

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You need historical data to do proper monitoring. Trendline analysis and so on.
I'm not sure how this Carabiner works but most of the data you need to build another model would be what Eskom have on their historian databases. Besides, there's a lot of other solutions on the market at a fraction of what they paid for this Carab. And tube leaks are identifiable without predictions anyway, shouldn't have stopped them. As plant ages you may need more regular GO and that's just planning no need for dodgy software contracts.
 

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Firstly the article headline is highly misleading (almost clickbait). On casual reading hijacking sounds like hacking, and the software did not run on any of Eskom's systems.

Edit: The original City Press article: https://city-press.news24.com/News/eskoms-dodgy-deal-that-stole-our-power-20190325

Edit: The City Press headline is more to the point:
Eskom’s dodgy deal that stole our power
The M&G headline has a completely different emphasis:
A suspect contract blew the fuse
It is never a good idea when one article paraphrases another article, which is in turn based on the contents of a third article. Rather refer to the primary source, and let the reader do their homework.

Edit: For the record, Eskom has other issues with external contractors for plant maintenance. This earlier article about ash handling equipment indicates another looming source of breakdowns: https://www.fin24.com/Economy/Eskom/special-report-new-pressures-on-eskoms-plant-performance-as-contract-workers-down-tools-20190207
 
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They just keep looking for excuses to hide the real problems. They do not want any blame to point back at AA, BEE, corruption and an inept government. Their excuses are becoming tiresome and this is the only piece of solid proof that the real problems at Eskom will never be solved. The grid will eventually collapse.
 

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Sorry but MBB needs to up its reporting.

When you read a report from someone that actually knows how to present information ....

https://mg.co.za/article/2019-03-22-00-a-suspect-contract-blew-the-fuse

In short - the data management of boiler maintenance was handled by an outside contractor. The contract was cancelled by government because of irregularities with the contract - Eskom employees were invested in the company and circumvented the proper tender process. However, the contract was not replaced by anything after it was cancelled a year ago. This meant that the current problems were not detected and preventative maintenance could not be carried out before they blew a gasket.

I have no issue with cancelling the suspect contract, but W(hy)TF wasn't it replaced with an alternative?
Thanks for clarifying. I didn't really understand the article.
 

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You need historical data to do proper monitoring. Trendline analysis and so on.
and my point remains - replacing what went away with nothing = very very bad. Doing nothing = bad. Doing anything but nothing = better.
 

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You need historical data to do proper monitoring. Trendline analysis and so on.
Previous Eskom management must have known the risk of outsourcing. They either did not care, or were getting kickbacks to ignore the problem.

Not the Guptas this time, but State Capture in another format. The chickens came home to roost, with the public as innocent bystanders.
 

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Eskom employees is just following the lead of ANC. Steal, Syphon money of projects etc. They know ANC approves of theft/fraud etc... so why would they stop enriching themselves?

They won't see jail time etc, so what motivation is there to stop?
 
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