Eskom to lifestyle-audit 2,300 more staff as it turns up the heat against corruption

Great to see South Africa’s electricity supplier Eskom picking up the fight against corruption in the organisation. After lifestyle-auditing almost 400 execs and senior managers in the past year, Eskom will roll out these anti-corruption measures to 2,300 more staff in key divisions. In these lifestyle audits, Eskom contracts investigators to sift through personal details such as bank accounts and assets of its staff’s families. These will start in the next few weeks in key departments such as procurement and group capital, which manages new capital investments. “The executive committee has mandated that we continue with lifestyle audits in other risk areas of the business,” said Ishan Bhowani, acting head of assurance and forensics. Departments that will initially be affected, employ about 2,300 people, according to Bhowani. During Phase 1 of lifestyle audits, which kicked off in 2018, Eskom investigated 365 of its most senior staff in the E-band (exec and senior managers) level and higher, their spouses and children, said Bhowani. “We asked for bank accounts for the past 3 years, plus declarations of assets and liabilities, and matched those against the salaries to determine what the lifestyle should be.” Hopefully these audits will root out corruption, and Eskom’s new CEO will punish the perpetrators in order to send a strong anti-corruption message… Find out more at

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