Corporate delivery in a decade of democracy
Clairwyn Van der Merwe
In 1994, South Africa's first year of democratic rule, Eskom committed itself to achieving 10 key objectives by 2004, in line with the government's Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).
Eskom has met and, in some cases exceeded, some of the targets it had set itself. A case in point is in electrification where the target was exceeded by 750 homes a year ahead of schedule in November 1999.
In a bid to help women balance work and parenting responsibilities, flexible working hours and work-from-home options have been introduced. The organisation has also implemented employment equity policies inclusive of race, gender and people with disabilities. This is to ensure that it builds an organisation representative of all the people of South Africa.
Eskom is committed to the training and skills development of all employees and that of South Africans in a broader context. As a result, it plays a significant leadership, development and management role within the Energy Sector Education and Training Authority (ESETA).
South Africa's first year of democracy also saw the official opening of Kendal power station, the world's biggest dry-cooled power station. In its first full year of operation, Kendal set a world record for a six-unit power station when its maximum hourly net power produced reached 4,056 MW in September 1994.
The utilisation of water is amongst the lowest in the world. Since 1994 Eskom's average specific water consumption figures have been maintained at levels less than or equal to 1,29 l/kWh (volume of water consumed per unit of power sent out by all generating stations, excluding rain and mine water
used). In 1997 the lowest level achieved was 1.20 l/kWh.
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