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Eskom's Dames leaves with no regrets

Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames leaves Eskom today and it's unclear what his next career move is.

Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames says although Eskom is facing many challenges, including a vulnerable power grid, the utility has done its share to help keep the economy running.

Dames leaves Eskom today and it's unclear what his next career move is.

The parastatal announced last week that Collin Matjila will take over from Tuesday as its acting CEO.

Dames says he has no regrets about his time at Eskom.

"There have been many challenges and there continue to be challenges but we've dealt with them quite well. We don't have everything right, but for the last number of years we have continued to support the economy."

Dames' last day as CEO.

Meanwhile, Eskom said South Africans saved 575 megawatts of energy on Saturday night during Earth Hour.

Table Mountain is plunged into darkness for the global Earth Hour initiative on 29 March. Picture: AFP.

The power utility says this was enough electricity to power a city the size of Polokwane in Limpopo.

The initiative, which is organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, involves more than 7,000 cities and towns across the globe.

As part of the campaign, people were urged to switch off non-essential lights for an hour last night to raise awareness about climate change.

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