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Public Enterprises Minister Gordhan to replace Eskom board

by Thys Khiba
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By Thys Khiba – Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan is expected to replace state owned enterprises (SOE) Eskom board in the middle of ongoing power outages.

It is alleged Gordhan on Tuesday told the directors of Eskom that power utility board will be changed in the next few days.

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) led by Minister PravinGordhanhas announced that Harith General Partners and Global Airways, which make up Takatso Consortium, have been selected as the preferred Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) for the South African Airways (SAA), on Friday
The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) led by Minister PravinGordhanhas announced that Harith General Partners and Global Airways, which make up Takatso Consortium, have been selected as the preferred Strategic Equity Partner (SEP) for the South African Airways (SAA), on Friday

At least seven Eskom non-executive directors resigned in 2018. Currently, the power utility which is allowed to have a maximum of 13 non-executive directors is left with six directors.

It has been reported that the current directors who started serving in 2018, have attempted to convince the minister to fill the vacancies on the board.

It is still unclear whether Gordhan will replace the whole board directors, or some will be retained to allow for continuity.

Last week, the Cabinet resolved that the board should be strengthened. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his cabinet had a meeting to follow up on the short term plans that his shared after citizens were hit with power cuts.

Ramaphosa held meetings with members of the newly established National Energy Crisis Committee and various ministers. 

The current Eskom board is chaired by Professor Malegupuru Makgoba since 2020. His appointment followed the resignation of Jabu Mabuza as the former chairperson. 

It is still unclear whether Gordhan will fire or continue with the current group CEO Andre De Ruyter. 

African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have called for the step aside of De Ruyter as Eskom CEO. 

“That CEO must go and we get someone who knows Eskom. You do not get someone who has a theology degree to run infrastructure. The guy has a Masters in Business. He knows nothing about engineering. We must get people who are technically skilled,” said ANC provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo.

 

“They are absolutely clueless. We must stress this word because we have noted that the dominant narrative in the media is to defend the Eskom management even though their incompetence is so glaringly obvious,” Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said.

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