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Eskom spends R311 million on unapproved project: report

Eskom spends R311 million on unapproved project: report

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is demanding answers from the Eskom board after it spent R311 million on a project that was denied approval.

According to a letter obtained by City Press, Brown has expressed concerns after Eskom continued to fund its Back to Basics (B2B) Programme in the face of a clear thumbs down from the previous Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba.

The programme is aimed at improving Eskom’s business processes involving engineering reliability and maintenance of the power utility’s assets, information technology, quality assurance, and promoting the safe and healthy lifestyle of employees.

“According to your letter, the board’s investment subcommittee has condoned the irregular expenditure amounting to R310 788 195 regarding the B2B Programme,” said Brown.

“As you are aware, section 51(1) of the PFMA [Public Finance Management Act] requires the board inter alia to take effective and appropriate steps to prevent irregular expenditure as well as disciplinary steps against any employee who makes or permits irregular expenditure,” the minister said.

Brown also pointed to the fact that the power provider spent a total of  R2.55 billion on the project since 2014 and asked the board to clarify what benefits could currently be seen in the company that correlates to the amount being spent.


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  • p1553d 0ff

    Chicken feed to those cANCer parasites that are currently gorging themselves on billions from the trough. What’s a paltry R311m here or there? Just charge the taxpayer more for their electricity – problem solved! Sickening.

  • BallsToTheWall

    “Brown also pointed to the fact that the power provider spent a total of
    R2.55 billion on the project since 2014 and asked the board to clarify
    what benefits could currently be seen in the company that correlates to
    the amount being spent.”

    Okay – who is the Chief and who is the Indian here Lynne Brown?? It’s clear that Eskom are contravention of the PFMA Act – so it should not matter at all what business benefits the project realized (if it did at all)?…Maybe a stupid question – I realize that now 🙂

  • Mikhael Rowe

    Oh, you mean we can’t? Sorry, didn’t here that ‘t’ there.

  • Butch

    all stolen money from electricity users

  • Blapartheid Zulu

    More Lamborghini drivers from anc. Nice!

    • Lamborghini drivers might get investigated but our government won’t

  • A friend of a friend got his whole university education paid for by Eksdom and was supposed to work it off. The Eksdom crew then, at the end of the education claimed they had “no work” for him and thus he got the whole education for free…

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