Questions raised over De Ruyter 'handpicking' potential service providers for Eskom

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crossed a line when he identified companies that would potentially do work with the power utility.

De Ruyter admitted in parliament to handpicking four companies to be included in a pool of service providers for Eskom, arguing that they brought much-needed expertise and innovation to the struggling energy company, especially in dealing with maintenance of boiler tube ferrules. This emerged during a meeting of parliament's public accounts watchdog Scopa on Wednesday night when EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi asked the Eskom CEO whether he had ever recommended companies to be appointed at Eskom since his appointment late in 2019.

In his response, De Ruyter said he believed that part of the value add that a new executive coming into an organisation like Eskom could bring was industry knowledge and industry experience, and part of that industry knowledge and experience was to introduce new practices and new ways of doing work in an organisation like Eskom.

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