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  Coal is one of the strategic risks receiving high-level attention
  Coal is one of the strategic risks receiving high-level attention.

Eskom Holdings values the importance and benefits of having a comprehensive, fully integrated risk management (IRM) programme. Our programme manages risks on an enterprisewide basis. The Eskom IRM programme strives to comply with best practices, having regard to the requirements of King II, the DPE Risk Management Framework, and the broad guidelines of international benchmarks such as the Integrated Risk Management of South Africa (IRMSA) Code of Practice, the Committee of Sponsoring Organisations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and other international risk guidelines.

The board acknowledges its overall accountability for ensuring an effective results-driven, integrated risk management process. Exco, through the general manager: risk management, has implemented a risk control system to enable management to respond appropriately to significant risks that could impact negatively or positively on business objectives.

Risk reviews are conducted twice a year with input from divisional and functional areas. Risks identified are ranked by divisions and subsidiaries, reviewed, and then assessed by Exco, the risk management committee, and the board to determine the major operational, strategic, and business continuity risks. The ratings of the risks are finalised after considering the mitigation plans, and executive accountability is assigned for each of the risk categories.

Integrated risk profile

Eskom reports on operational, strategic, and business continuity risks as part of the risk profile. The risk dashboard reflects the likelihood and impact of the top ten risks facing us.

Safety, climate change, leadership, ethics and attention to detail are focus areas inherent in all risk mitigation actions and impact all of these risks.

Description of risks  
Description of risks
1. Timeous, on budget and effective rollout of the build programme
2. Primary energy availability and reliability
3. Impact of government and regulatory policy on the business
4. Financial sustainability
5. Continuity of electricity supply
6. Regulatory and permitting environment
7. EDI restructuring and performance
8. Public confidence in Eskom
9. Effectively plan and implement
10. Availability of skills and staff retention
Operational risks

These are events, hazards, variances, or opportunities that could influence the achievement of Eskom’s operational and compliance objectives. We have 10 major operational risks, which have not changed significantly over recent years.

Strategic risks

In the Eskom context, a strategic risk is a significant unexpected or unpredictable change or outcome beyond what was factored into the organisation’s strategy and business model and which could impact the group’s performance.

The strategic risks monitored and managed by the board and Exco are climate change, skills availability, primary energy, financial sustainability, and the policy environment.

Business continuity risks

Business continuity management (BCM) addresses business process continuity, recovery, and restoration following business interruption and disasters. BCM risks are those events, hazards, variances and opportunities that could influence the continuity of Eskom.

All divisions and subsidiaries develop, implement, maintain and review appropriate business continuity plans for all the areas of their business.

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