Brian Molefe appointed as Eskom's acting CEO

The announcement was made by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown today.

Eskom's new acting CEO, Brian Molefe. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday announced that Brian Molefe has been appointed as the acting CEO of Eskom.

Eskom's current CEO Tshediso Matona and three other directors were suspended by Eskom's Chair at the time, Zola Tsotsi.

Tsotsi then resigned from his position.

Molefe is the current Group Chief Executive Officer of Transnet.

Brown on Friday said she consulted with President Jacob Zuma, Eskom 'War Room' head, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the Boards of Eskom and Transnet.

"His experience is having turned around the PIC and providing stability at Transnet is a clear indication that Mr Molefe is no stranger in leading complex institutions."

Brown added Molefe's experience At the Public Investment Corporation and Transnet showed he was the right person to lead Eskom.

"To consolidate the leadership at Eskom, I will soon be submitting my recommendations to Cabinet on appointing additional members to strengthen and augment the required skills on the Board."

She explained however, that the decision to institute an inquiry had created uncertainty around Eskom's ability to ensure security of supply and successful delivery of its build programme.

The firm Dentons has been appointed to lead the independent inquiry into the parastatal.

Brown said, "I am informed that the system is still tight. However, Eskom and its engineers are doing their utmost to contain further interruptions at our power plants."

On Wednesday Brown briefed the nation on the current state of the grid and the reasons for the implementation of stage 3 load shedding by Eskom.