Eskom fires 6 coal truck owners

A coal truck delivers to an ESkom power plant. FILE PHOTO BY Simphiwe Mbokazi/IOL.


Eskom has announced it terminated the contracts of six truck-owners following investigations of possible fraud and corruption.

The power utility said this week the contracts of Constructibility 10CC,  Fastrack,

IM Monokoane,  NJM Transport,  Lamavuso and  Dhlams & Dhlams were sacked on 3 February 2016.

Acting boss Matshela Koko said they had received information about certain truck-owners bringing additional trucks to the coal transportation system in Mpumalanga.

“As a result of this investigation, six transporters were suspended between 14 July to 1 September 2016 for 7 weeks,” the company said.

Eskom moves bulk of coal to its power stations using a system called Free Carrier Agreement.

Currently there are 58 of these truck-owners running on a renewable four-year contract – from 2014 to 2018.

The rest of the other truck-owners who deliver to Eskom are contracted by the coal mine-owners.

The power utility didn’t say to which station the truck-owners were transporting the coal but at least three of the axed companies are from Mpumalanga – one being from eMalahleni, another Secunda and Ermelo.

“We will continue to make decisive decisions to ensure compliance with the policies of the utility so as to achieve an impeachable procurement decision across the company’s entire value chain  ,” Koko said.

(edited by MLM)

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