De Ruyter sets objectives for Eskom to be a self-sustaining business


Johannesburg – Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said that while the company’s restructuring process was underway, they were still working on its independent financial sustainability.

The company has depended on government guarantees for years to keep up with its operations, as it struggles with a R450 billion debt bill.

De Ruyter said the company was now pursuing a R200 billion debt balance, proposing several measures to achieve this.

He added that to fix Eskom’s problems, it would take a mix of solutions that would include eliminating loadshedding, resolve its disputes with energy regulator Nersa, cut costs and convert energy as efficiently as possible.

“Those are the parameters within which Eskom will be a financially viable self-sustaining business without any further requirement for equity injections or support from the fiscus. We aim to achieve those objectives.”

De Ruyter also said that the energy company was also talking to international lenders about longer payment terms as part of its debt service cost renegotiations

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