Oracle says Eskom must pay up, as utility warns of ‘catastrophic consequences’ of loss of support

Business software giant Oracle has said Eskom should “pay the pending dues for the Oracle software that they use,” after the power utility last week lost a court application to compel the US corporation to renew its support services until April 2022.

Oracle provides a range of IT services, which the struggling utility in court papers described as “quite essential to some of Eskom’s crucial operations”.

The services are provided under a five-year master agreement which started in 2017 and has been renewed annually. Some of the tools that Oracle provides include:

  • Eskom’s online vending system, which enables the sale of electricity to users.
  • Maintenance tools for power outages.
  • Tools for the logging of electricity faults.
  • Control of electricity grids, which allow areas to be switched off.


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