Eskom Media Release

Cool heads required to reposition Eskom to financial sustainability

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) would like to set the record straight relating to Cosatu’s allegation of OUTA’s meddling with Eskom’s possible retrenchments as published in the media statement dated 4 April 2018.

First and foremost, OUTA is very much aware of the current economic climate in the country and is very committed to building a sustainable and resilient Eskom as South Africa’s electricity supplier. OUTA is sensitive to and aware of the unemployment situation, but this should not be used as an excuse to have bulky overstaffed institutions that drain the economy. This overstaffing in Eskom, particularly in its senior and executive levels, has a knock-on effect on the value chain.

“OUTA maintains that Eskom needs to cut at the top and make tough decisions to halve its senior and executive staff. Our recommendation to retrench staff is not aimed at union members, rather at the overpaid managers,” says Ronald Chauke, OUTA’s Energy Portfolio Manager.

OUTA’s comments are in its submission to NERSA on Eskom’s RCA applications.

OUTA is a proudly South African non-profit civil action organisation, comprising of and supported by people who are passionate about holding government accountable and improving the prosperity of South Africa.

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