NUM expresses doubt on Matona

Frans Baleni says NUM isn't happy with the way Tshediso Matona's appointment was handled.

NUM General Secretary Frans Baleni. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) General Secretary Frans Baleni says he has reservations about the appointment of Tshediso Matona as Eskom chief executive officer (CEO) because his union wasn't part of the process of appointing him.

Matona's appointment was announced yesterday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown after the utility had been left without a boss for several months.

Eskom is currently battling to keep the lights on due to low reserve margin.

Baleni says the union isn't happy with the way his appointment was handled.

"We want to know what process was followed and the extent of his experience."

Yesterday, Brown sang Matona's praises in Parliament.

She said Matona is both experienced and familiar with the challenges facing the parastatal.

Matona takes over from acting CEO Collin Matjila who was appointed shortly after Brian Dames stepped down.

Dames resigned in December after a 26-year career at the parastal and four years as CEO, as pressure mounted over the escalating budget and perpetual delays at the Medupi Power Plant.

He was appointed CEO of Eskom Holdings on 1 July, 2010.