Lights out for another Eskom executive

Eskom says the departure of its head of group capital Dan Marokane is amicable.

Dan Marokane. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Less than three months after being suspended, Eskom's head of group capital Dan Marokane has reached what the power utility calls an amicable agreement to leave his post.

Marokane was suspended as an inquiry was instituted into delays at Eskom and tense relations with its employees.

He joined Eskom in 2010 and took charge of the completion of unit six at Medupi which was meant to be synchronised today.

Unit six remains in a testing phase, but Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says this is not the reason for Marokane's departure.

"It was an amicable decision from both parties so it's neither here not there who initiated the parting of ways. But the information I have is that he is the one who approached the board and they accepted his decision to leave."

Earlier this year, Eskom announced that four of its executives, including its CEO Tshediso Matona, had been asked to step aside while an inquiry into the utility took place.

Just a few weeks later board chairperson Zola Tsotsi resigned.

In recent months, the parastatal has limped from one crisis to the next, sparking concerns about its leadership's ability to generate the power needed to keep the country running.

LOAD SHEDDING

Almost two weeks ago Eskom said South Africans can expect a slight reduction in load shedding from this month.

For the past few weeks rolling blackouts have occurred almost every day during evening peak hours and on weekends.

The utility said this is because of maintenance work on some of its bigger generators ahead of winter.

Phasiwe said the system is expected to be more stable from June.

"We also are repairing some of the other power stations all over the country to make sure that many of these units are ready for the peak demand that will be expecting in winter."