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As South Africa faces winter load shedding, a widely shared infographic is making startling claims about employee numbers, salaries and output at power utility Eskom. What’s the real story?
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A freight train leaves the Eskom power plant in Hendrina in February 2018, after having discharged its load of coal. Photo: AFP/MARCO LONGARI
Worker protests over pay at South Africa’s power utility have led to lights being turned off <www.enca.com/south-africa/load-shedding-still-possible-eskom> across the country.
The utility, Eskom <www.eskom.co.za/>, announced recently that it could not afford <www.iol.co.za/business-report/companies/eskom-salaries-and-bonuses-will-be-frozen-15038334> to give its workers an annual increase. Bonuses were also off the table. (*Note: Eskom has entered into **negotiations* <www.fin24.com/Economy/Labour/News/unions-reject-latest-eskom-wage-offer-20180627>*with workers and **talks are ongoing* <ewn.co.za/2018/07/07/unions-vow-to-continue-fight-for-eskom-workers-reject-wage-offer> .)
A viral infographic claims staff numbers have increased by almost 50% since 2003 and the “average salary” per year for an Eskom employee is R780,000. Meanwhile, electricity production has remained flat.
The infographic has been shared widely, but it is not clear who produced it.
Do these numbers check out? Africa Check dug into the power utility’s reports and financial statements to find out. CLAIM
“The number of Eskom employees increased from 32,000 in 2003 to 47,600 in 2017.” VERDICTcorrect Eskom and the viral infographic: do the numbers add up? | Africa Check