As the country faces daily planned power cuts, which are seen as a threat to the economy, all Eskom managers have been ordered to cancel their holiday leave.
The managers would be deployed to individual power stations to get a sense of what’s happening on the ground, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan told the media at a briefing at the financially dire state utility's offices in Johannesburg on Thursday.
He said the period from December 15 to January 15 is usually when demand drops, and no power cuts — Eskom's “load-shedding” — are expected in that time.
He said President Cyril Ramaphosa would soon be announcing a task team to configure a road map for the next five years to help turn the troubled company around.
“This was one of the centres of state capture,” Gordhan said.
Business Day reported on Wednesday that Eskom would ask the government to take R100bn of its debt onto its own balance sheet.
While the move would give Eskom relief, it would add another two percentage points to the government’s debt-to-GDP ratio and could be seen as negative by credit-ratings agencies.