South Africa’s power utility Eskom on Monday denied reports that it would lay off thousands of white engineers to meet a new government policy.

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Eskom will not dismiss anybody based on race, the company’s spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said.
He made the remarks after a local newspaper reported on Sunday that Eskom has to reduce the number of white engineers by 1,081 and white artisans by 2,179 in order to comply with an alleged new government policy to make way for black people.
According to the report, the Department of Labor is insisting that Eskom make changes to ensure its employee demographics reflect South Africa’s “national and regional demography.”
“Eskom has new power stations coming on-line in the next several years and therefore the company needs all the help it can get,” Phasiwe said.
Eskom, which provides about 95 percent of the electricity consumed in South Africa, has been on the spotlight in the past months due to constant blackouts caused by the collapse of some of its power stations.
The government has reportedly earmarked 23 billion rands (about 1.9 billion U.S. dollars) to bailout the cash-strapped utility.? Enditem




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