This is Pravin’s plan for splitting up Eskom. But will it work?

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This is Pravin’s plan for splitting up Eskom. But will it work?

The first phase will be completed by 2021, Gordhan says. Not if we can stop it, say unions

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The government will forge ahead with splitting up Eskom, leading with the establishment of a separate legal transmission company by 2021, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said at a briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Gordhan was presenting the road map for Eskom’s future — the long-term plan and the business strategy that will accompany the large bailout for the company that is expected to be announced in Wednesday’s medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS).

The separation of the transmission entity from Eskom’s generation division is key to the introduction of a competitive energy market. The “functional” separation of transmission is already under way and by 2021 it is intended to become a legal subsidiary of Eskom. ..

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