Business Day Live – ELECTRICITY regulator Thembani Bukula says last week’s reversal of the decision not to allow Eskom to retrieve from consumers the billions it is spending on diesel for its open-cycle gas turbines was not the result of government pressure.

Coinciding with this change of tune came the announcement that his boss, the CEO of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Phindile Baleni, had decided to quit to become director-general in the department of the Gauteng premier.

Speculation is that Baleni, wife of National Union of Mineworkers boss Frans Baleni, was unhappy with Nersa’s decision to reverse its previous determination and pass Eskom’s diesel costs on to the consumer.

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