Eskom confirms suspensions of managers at Kendal, Tutuka power stations

It said that the managers would remain on suspension until their disciplinary hearings wrapped up.

FIRE: Eskom's Kendal Power Station is coal-fired and situated in Mpumalanga. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has suspended two managers in charge of the Kendal and Tutuka power stations pending disciplinary hearings.

The utility said that its CEO Andre de Ruyter personally handed the suspension letters to the pair.

South Africans are having to put up with a fourth day of loadshedding after several generating units broke down at Eskom's ageing power stations.

The utility's board has appointed three general managers to the Duvha, Kriel, Tutuka and Kendal plants to provide leadership and oversight.

Eskom said that it had suspended the general managers of Kendal and Tutuka pending a disciplinary process over their performance.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha: "This action was taken because of sustained poor performance by these power plants which require further investigation pending disciplinary actions."

He said that the board was concerned about the weak consequence management at the utility.

"It has been agreed in these meetings that urgent culture change and high-level competence investment across all 44,000 Eskom staff, which the group chief executive began on his arrival, should be accelerated and strongly supported."

The general managers of the Duvha and Kriel power stations were acting in their positions and have now been returned to their previous posts.

Eskom said that in the meantime, it had appointed three general managers to head the Kendal, Tutuka, Duvha and Kriel power stations.

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