Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe
"Will I still have a job in this turnaround of Eskom?"
"One of the questions that I hear being asked most often, is: ‘Will I still have a job in this turnaround of Eskom?’," the memo from Hadebe read.
Hadebe explained that the process of reducing the headcount will provide staff with options.
"So let me assure you that, even though reducing our headcount is part of the journey of building a more sustainable organisation, the options that Eskom has put on the table to assist in headcount management include natural attrition, early retirement and we are also considering the possibility of offering voluntary separation packages," he said in the memo.
Eskom Employees and Corruption
Hadebe also spoke out against corruption at the organisation, which seemingly has been enabled by some of Eskom's staff.
"What’s worrying and a matter of grave concern is that these companies could not be involved in corrupt dealings with Eskom without the active enablement and support from some of our own Eskom Guardians," he said.
He also addressed the "disconnect" some of Eskom's employees may be experiencing given the organisational challenges.
"As leaders, we need to keep our employees and teams motivated and actively work towards building a culture that we need to heal and to thrive."
In the memo Hadebe also gave an update on steps being taken to address load-shedding. He reiterated previous public statements that Eskom had set aside R49-billion for maintenance of failing power plants.
"This amount extends beyond Generation and will include maintenance in Distribution and Transmission.
"An additional R9.5-billion has been set aside for Medupi and Kusile to ensure that these New Build power stations are viable and can start contributing additional megawatts to the grid," he said.
At a briefing earlier in April, Hadebe, board chairperson Jabu Mabuza and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan briefed the media on the status of the electricity system. Eskom expects to implement Stage 1 load-shedding through the winter months.
"We need you and we rely on you…and South Africa relies on all of us pulling together as a team! I believe in you and know we are going to get this right!"