Eskom is reportedly planning to cut the number of skilled white engineers and managers to better its affirmative action targets.
According to a report by Rapport, the company wants to reduce its qualified white workforce by 1,308 over the next year.
The skilled white employees facing a cut include engineers, tradespeople, academically qualified staff, and management.
The move to cut the number of white skilled staff comes after the company is under pressure from the Department of Labour to reduce the number of white employees to reflect the country’s demographics.
The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said that the manner in which Eskom applied affirmative action was hurting service delivery.
“Let’s be honest, a lot of the people who work at Eskom do not have the skills required of them,” a Numsa spokesperson said at the time.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan recently admitted that good people have been forced out of the company because of a toxic and uncertain environment.
Gordhan said the loss of senior skills at Eskom is not a small matter, especially when it comes to engineering staff.
Trade union Solidarity head Dirk Hermann has urged Gordhan to suspend its affirmative action plan at Eskom for five years to ensure that critical skills are retained at the embattled company.