The most difficult time in Eskom’s history commenced around 2009. In 2008, Eskom “ran out of reliable plant capacity” Load-shedding commenced. Medupi was still under construction with large scale corruption already oppressing leadership within Eskom. Most people with strong leadership qualities in Eskom as well as whistleblowers were stalked and marginalized. Trust amongst workers stopped as the government was choking Eskom decision-making. Bad plant discipline became more prevalent with major incidents(Duvha U3 in 2014 and later Medupi U4 in 2021).
The writing was on the wall when older plant supply mines were captured by the Guptas in the era 2009 – 2014. The government getting into the engine room is not a new concept. Already in the time of Dr Ian McRae(1985 – 1994) he warned, never to allow the government into the engine room. Bullies in the organization were targeting non-suspecting engineers and technicians who were trying to execute their duties. Many engineers in critically skilled positions in the organization also felt the heat and emigrated due to the continuous pressure to ostracize and undermine their operational efficiency. Needless and toxic activity was encouraged by ruthless people who stalked people in positions that were performing well in their jobs, in order to frustrate them. Colleagues could not trust one-another and one may soon find that the old ethical leadership style is not appreciated at all.