Un­cover all Eskom dirt

Business Day - - OPINION -

An­ton Eber­hardt and Ca­t­rina God­inho of the UCT Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness’s vi­tal in­ves­tiga­tive re­search re­port, The Eskom In­quiry Ref­er­ence Book, re­veals how Eskom’s pro­cure­ment sys­tem was in­fil­trated and sub­verted to be “re­pur­posed” as the Gupta con­glom­er­ate’s feed­ing trough for ten­der­preneurs (How cor­rupt power cap­tured Eskom and helped pull the plug on growth, Septem­ber 12).

Their bomb­shell ex­plains one miss­ing piece of the jig­saw. About the time of the De­part­ment of En­ergy’s De­cem­ber 2016 pub­lic con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings, we were told that the pro­cure­ment of eight or nine nu­clear power sta­tions would no longer be un­der­taken by the de­part­ment but by Eskom.

This was af­ter the de­part­ment had spent more than R100m on “ad­vice” on how it should pro­ceed to pro­cure. This amounted to fruit­less and waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture of more than R100m of pub­lic funds.

The Eber­hardt and God­inho book re­veals that this was not fruit­less. Its per­verse fruit would be to en­sure that the cor­rupted Eskom sup­ply chain man­age­ment sys­tem would is­sue all con­tracts for those pro­posed nu­clear power sta­tions.

MPs of all par­ties, and the pub­lic, need to find out who gave that or­der and op­pose it.

Keith Gottschalk Clare­mont

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