Eskom gets new acting CEO and chairman

By Doug Mattushek - 31 July 2019Views : 1130

Embattled state utility Eskom has a new interim CEO and executive chairman.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan revealed the appointment of businessman Jabu Mabuza, who will serve as CEO and chairman of Eskom until government can appoint a new CEO. Outgoing boss Phakamani Hadebe officially departs his office on Wednesday.

Mabuza has served has the chairman before, when he was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in January 2018.

"I have informed the Eskom Annual General Meeting (AGM) this afternoon of my decision to appoint Mr Jabu Mabuza as the Interim Executive Chairman for Eskom and Acting CEO of Eskom Holdings," said Gordhan’s statement.

"Mr Mabuza will assume the duty as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) for Eskom due to the resignation of Mr Phakamani Hadebe, who leaves Eskom on 31 July 2019.

"Within the three month period during which Mr Mabuza will be the Executive Chairman and Acting CEO, the Eskom board will conclude the process of identifying a suitable candidate to become the next Eskom GCEO."