Eskom is often criticised for having a bloated workforce, but the ministerial technical task team has found the embattled utility is, in fact, lacking critical skills. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Minerals Council SA on Tuesday evening, ahead of industry body’s annual general meeting, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said the technical task team he appointed in early March would hand this and other findings over in a report to both him and the Eskom board by Thursday this week. “Eskom has the strange contradiction where on the one hand we’ll say we’ve got 48,000 people and, by virtue of a World Bank study in comparing Eskom to a similar utility, it’s overstaffed.” Gordhan said. “This team has found that whilst there is this overpopulation in some parts of Eskom, on the other hand, where the real business of Eskom is, which is on the generation side and power stations, there are in fact vacancies for key professionals that need to be filled urgently.” The utility is s...

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