A white engineer at Eskom is being assisted by Solidarity trade union after he applied 2 times for posts at the power station where he currently works – posts for which he was the best candidate – but was told that the posts can’t go to him because he is a white male.
Eskom’s initial plan was to reduce whites in engineering posts with 336 but that plan was dropped in February this year after the Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe asked for a postponement from the Labour department because of a critical skills shortage. A black candidate who was not fully qualified got the one post for which the white engineer applied in a temporary capacity because there is no black engineer available who is fully qualified. The post has to do with risk management of high pressure equipment and an engineer has to have a specific certificate to be able to do that.
The white engineer has that certificate, the black engineer don’t and now the white engineer still has to do the job of the black engineer to certify high pressure equipment as safe but the black engineer sit in the post. The white engineer also applied for a third post at another Eskom power station and was told he would get the post but then Eskom pulled out with his appointment.
It looks like the management at the power station where he now works objected to his appointment at another power station because the station where he currently works was not allowed to follow a merit based appointment process and thus objected to his appointment at another power station.