Eskom, South Africa’s power utility yesterday confirmed that it has received offers to work from a pool of its retired engineers.

According to a thread of tweets posted by the power utility’s spokesperson, the engineers who have offered their services to the company are retirees, many of whom were previously employees at Eskom.

Eskom can confirm it has received unsolicited offers from a group of engineers, many of whom are former employees and now retirees, who wish contribute their skills free of charge to help rebuild the organisation.

Eskom will consider their CV’s individually and welcome those who have specialist skills to help and to work on an uncompensated basis. We welcome all who have specialist skills and wish to work without any contract or reward, regardless of their gender, race

All of these individuals are retirees who voluntarily approached, and are willing to work without any compensation or contract. Anyone else, whatever race, gender, who has a skill and willing to do the same can approach and will be considered.

Eskom previously announced that the likelihood of load-shedding happening in winter was reduced due to a decline in demand which has been primarily caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has given the power utility the ability to conduct short-term maintenance on its plants and increase capacity.

However, Eskom’s financial position has been worsened by the Virus as much as it has reduced stress on the grid. This is because the decline in demand has made Eskom lose over R2.5 in revenue from the time level 5 lockdown was introduced.

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