As an average user of electricity, I totally agree with outgoing Goldman Sachs SA CEO Colin Coleman that Eskom has too many unproductive employees. Since 1994 the Eskom workforce has increased by about half, but electricity production has hardly changed.

A restructuring of the workforce is overdue. If the government really intends turning Eskom around it should place a moratorium on the unionised workers’ right to strike. Newly appointed CEO Andy Calitz should be given unlimited power to do what is required to turn Eskom into a profitable, business-like enterprise...

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