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EXCLUSIVE | Eskom bleeds 13 000 years' collective knowledge in months as execs debate skills crisis

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Officials apparently claim Eskom's skills drain has taken place without sufficient skills transfer.
Officials apparently claim Eskom's skills drain has taken place without sufficient skills transfer.
PHOTO: William Horne

Eskom has lost more than 500 skilled workers with a combined experience of 13 364 years in just three months this year as the executive and board of the troubled power utility are locked in discussions over whether a skills crisis exists.

Between April and June, 504 skilled workers left, translating to a loss of a cumulative 13 364 years' service at the utility and 12 160 years of related experience, which according to one official, is an "astounding" rate of attrition.

Disagreement over the skills issue has arisen, with HR group executive Elsie Pule adamant that, because they had hired more people than had left over the past decade, there is no skills exodus. This as everyone, from President Cyril Ramaphosa to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, and most vocally, chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer, have publicly declared a skills crisis at Eskom.

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