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Coal shortages that could cause blackouts over the festive season have plunged Eskom even deeper into crisis as it battles governance, financial and operational issues. On Friday, Abram Masango, executive for the group capital division, was reported to have resigned shortly after the power utility announced his suspension. Eskom suspended Masango after launching a probe into allegations of impropriety involving the construction of the Kusile power station. Work began on the coal-fired station a decade ago at the height of SA's energy crisis and has run into cost overruns and production delays. "Whilst we recognise his rights to be presumed innocent, however, given the serious nature of the allegations made against him and the seniority of his position . the Eskom management took a decision to place him on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation," the company said in a statement. Masango is one of several executives who have left the utility this year since the appointmen...

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