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The only short-term option to salvage Eskom, whose debt has reached R450bn, is government support, the state-owned power utility’s chair, Jabu Mabuza, told MPs on Tuesday.

Eskom executives led by public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and Mabuza briefed a joint meeting of the appropriations committee, the public enterprises committee and the select committee on appropriations on the Special Appropriation Bill, which allocates R59bn to Eskom over the next two years — R26bn in 201920/20 and R33bn in 2020/2021...

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