Eskom is the largest electricity provider throughout Africa. Established in South Africa in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission, its headquarters are in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
In 2002, it was converted into a public, limited liability company, wholly-owned by government. Today it is one of the top 20 utilities in the world by generation capacity. The company generates, transmits and distributes electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers and redistributors.
It generates about 95% of the electricity in South Africa and about 45% of the electricity used in Africa. The utility giant has technology ranging from coal, nuclear, hydroelectric, gas and wind energy generation installations throughout South Africa.
As a result, the organisation requires a lot of engineers and technicians to maintain, design and run their operations. Eskom supports infrastructure by owning and operating most of the power stations in the country. These power stations produce around 240 300 gigawatt-hours of energy per year – with some being exported to neighbouring countries.
The company also operates coal powered, hydro-electrical, gas turbine and some wind form facilities, in addition to Africa’s only nuclear power station- Koeberg.
Eskom has come under fire in recent years due to mismanagement of funds and poor decision-making, resulting in the country experiencing power shortages. These rolling blackouts or commonly known as “load shedding” are a common occurrence, because of old infrastructure. The company aims to expand infrastructure and often needs the expertise of engineers and other technicians. Have a look at some of the vacancies available and apply today.