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Molefe must keep lights on for 3 more months

The power utility says it has decided to extend acting CEO Brian Molefe’s contract.

FILE: Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has now confirmed that acting CEO Brian Molefe's contract has been extended for a further three months.

Molefe, who was at Transnet, was seconded to Eskom almost three months ago to take over from Tshediso Matona who had been suspended.

Molefe has focused mainly on trying to find ways to avoid load shedding and raising funds for the state utility.

Eskom has released a statement saying that after consultations with Transnet and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, it's decided to extend Molefe's contract.

This has been done to afford Molefe sufficient time to put into effect the strategies that he has already started implementing at the state utility in order to ensure its financial and operational sustainability.

The National Union of Mineworker's Paris Mashego, however, says Molefe hasn't boosted morale at the company.

"Employees are currently demotivated and there is no leadership at all shown by the acting CEO."

Molefe is expected to stay on as acting CEO at Eskom until October unless a further extension is approved.

LOAD SHEDDING BECAME FIRST PRIORITY

Just hours after minister Brown announced Molefe's appointment in April, he said he was already getting down to business and insisted his first priority was to deal with the current load shedding problem.

Molefe said he was planning to sit with executives and hear from them what could be done to solve the country's power problems.

He said once the situation has stabilised, he would turn his attention to more long-term issues.

"And then from there is to make sure that we can on a sustainable basis, provide electricity without having to load shed. I don't know how, but I'm quite confident that sitting down with the team, we should be able to work out a plan."

Molefe said he would stay at Eskom for as long as it took to sort out its problems.