Concerns raised over instability of Eskom's leadership

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises are concerned with Eskom's leadership issues.

FILE: Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises are concerned with Eskom's leadership issues. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday raised concerns about the leadership instability at Eskom.

The committee was briefed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, four senior executives including CEO Tshediso Matona were controversially suspended while an inquiry probed the parastatal's problems.

Matona is challenging his suspension in the courts.

Directing her comment at Brown, Member of Parliament (MP) Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba said stable leadership at Eskom is urgently needed.

"We're worried that this strategic asset is having leadership problems and we hope with the capability of your department and yourself, you will be able to assist us with having that stability in relation to leadership."

COSTLY POWER OUTAGES

Brown told Parliament that power outages cost the economy up to R89 billion every month.

She also said she was concerned about management at the parastatal.

MPs have raised concerns about alleged power struggles at the utility, but Brown insisted there were no power struggles within the Eskom board amid reports of infighting.

Brown said she'd heard rumours that the power utility's board wanted to remove Eskom Chairman Zola Tsotsi, but said if the rumours were true, she couldn't interfere as the process would be between the board and Tsotsi.

Brown also allayed fears that the board wasn't united.

"The board could be united in wanting to get the chair out, or the CFO, or somebody else out. It's largely united; it's too young for the board to be functionalised yet. And it's not functionalised, and that's my sense of the board from where I'm sitting."