The government is negotiating with newly appointed Eskom CEO André de Ruyter to start his job earlier than planned as it battles to resuscitate the ailing power utility.

Eskom — which supplies virtually all SA’s power and is hamstrung by staggering debt, maintenance issues and design flaws at its new coal power stations Medupi and Kusile — had to resort to stage six load-shedding last week as a result of a shortage of capacity.

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