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Eskom asks govt for more money as debt climbs beyond R450bn

The power utility’s debt is reaching levels beyond R450 billion and Mabuza was in Parliament on Tuesday asking government for more money.

Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza at a press briefing at Lethabo power station. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom CEO and board chairperson Jabu Mabuza said the power utility's debt levels have reached the ceiling.

Eskom’s debt is reaching levels beyond R450 billion and Mabuza was in Parliament on Tuesday asking government for more money.

He said the power utility has not done enough to generate more revenue.

The acting CEO also admitted that Eskom was borrowing money to pay off its debt.

“Our revenue over the past 10 years, increasingly so over the last five years, has actually been flat to about 1% per year. On the other side, we’ve had a ballooning debt that we have not been able to collect which has totalled to R38 billion.”

Mabuza said the only function Eskom could control was its own expenses.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tabled a bill before the National Assembly in July to allocate R59 billion to Eskom over the next two years.

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