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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom, André de Ruyter, speaks during an interview on 15 November 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo: Gallo Images/Rapport/Deon Raath)
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom, André de Ruyter, speaks during an interview on 15 November 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo: Gallo Images/Rapport/Deon Raath)

BOOK: Sabotage: Eskom Under Siege by Kyle Cowan (Penguin)

In 2018, Jan Oberholzer returned to Eskom after a ten-year hiatus – the ten years of state capture. Trying to get a handle on the problems facing the parastatal, Oberholzer paid an unannounced visit to a warehouse where "high-value, strategic spares and parts were kept"; these stores were worth about R20-billion. The warehouse was essentially a bunker, with 1m-thick walls and steel doors, built by the apartheid regime.

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