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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter.
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter.
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Eskom has a severe skills deficit, which is partly responsible for unplanned outages, and de Ruyter plans to bring back artisans and engineers as mentors. 

Original equipment manufacturers will also be brought in on management contracts. 

While Eskom management has previously suggested bringing former employees back to the company, the suggestion led to pushback from current employees and unions. But in an interview on Tuesday, De Ruyter said the proposal had received full support from the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan.

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