Ramaphosa deploys senior managers to oversee Eskom power stations

He said this was one of the outcomes of the work being done by the ‘war-room’ on the electricity crisis.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday confirmed that senior Eskom managers had been sent to power stations across the country to oversee maintenance.

Ramaphosa said this is one of the outcomes of the work being done by the 'war-room' on the electricity crisis, which he heads.

Ramaphosa added that progress was being made on all aspects of the five-point plan, adopted by cabinet in December, to deal with the energy crisis.

Stage two load shedding was implemented at 4pm on Wednesday and was expected to remain in place for six hours.

Meanwhile, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has confirmed that Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona had officially lodged a complaint about what he described as his "unfair suspension".

Matona also approached the Labour Court over his suspension and the CCMA confirmed the matter would be set down for conciliation.

Matona and three other senior executives were asked to "step aside" two weeks ago for the duration of an independent inquiry into the parastatal's affairs.

Reports on Wednesday morning also indicated the reason behind the suspension may have been because Matona and his executives had initiated an audit of the parastatal's tender processes.

At the same time, Eskom was back in the spotlight with stage two load shedding being implemented, and a strike at the Medupi Power Station as 21,000 workers downed tools over bonuses and accommodation.

The power station is already far behind in terms of being completed.