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Just published: Eskom Enquiry Reference Book

26 May 2017 - 08:15

The State Capacity Research Group has published a new resource for Parliament’s Public Enterprises Inquiry, civil society, journalists and engaged citizens.

The booklet has been authored by Professor Anton Eberhard and Catrina Godinho of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Research support was provided by Lauren Hermanus and Jesse Burton. It is part of the State Capacity Research Project - a group of academics from research institutions at the Universities of Stellenbosch, Witwatersrand, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

This independently produced reference book sets out "to provide an accessible, concise, and fact based account of some, but not all, of the alleged instances of corruption at Eskom, which taken together are what have led to considerable concern among ordinary South Africans and parliamentarians, ultimately resulting in this inquiry. This booklet touches on Eskom’s coal procurement controversies (squeezing out the coal majors and making room for the Gupta-linked Tegeta and Optimum ‘heist’), large refurbishment contracts (such as the Koeberg steam generators and Duvha’s Unit 4 boiler), new build sub-contracts (Impulse), advisory services (Trillian), ICT (T-Systems), and media (New Age). Suggested areas for further investigation are flagged, as well as key lines of questioning and possible recommendations.
The aim of this reference book is to assist Committee members with objective, research-based facts on some of the deeply complex challenges facing the power utility. As academics, our job is to make sense of complex situations and explain these. We are acutely aware that ongoing revelations of corruption can lead to general public fatigue but we hope that by joining the dots this booklet will contribute to the empowerment of civil society, journalists, and concerned members of the general public, so that they can follow and support the inquiry."

Click here to read the report.