The transformation agenda implementation at Eskom, Koeberg: lessons learnt for nuclear new build

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South Africa aspires to re-industrialise and transform the economy into a globally competitive one, comprised of inclusive growth and development of all citizens. By leveraging the state’s procurement spend it strives to unlock opportunities for localisation and empowerment within state owned companies such as Eskom. This study sought to make recommendations from the investigations and analysis at Eskom, Koeberg regarding the lessons learnt from the implementation of its transformation agenda in the procurement processes, to assist nuclear new build. Data was collected and analysed, finding that little buy-in was obtained. Entrenching Transformational DNA – the central point around which the study binds – indicates the corrective action needed to commence its change journey, where DNA entrenchment is a sustainable and necessary precursor to future implementation in nuclear new build. The findings are significant if Koeberg is to maximise its local developmental impact in the ‘nuclear’ and ‘designated sectors for localisation’ productive sectors. It is recommended that Koeberg should re-implement the transformation agenda, taking cognisance of the lessons learnt.
A research report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2019