Brown: Koko understands challenges Eskom faces

Public Enterprises Minster Brown announced that she has approved the board’s recommendation of Matshela Koko to the post of acting CEO.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says she’s asked the Eskom board to immediately start the process to appoint a permanent group chief executive officer (CEO) as a matter of urgency.

Brown announced on Wednesday afternoon that she has approved the board’s recommendation of Matshela Koko to the post of acting CEO.

Brian Molefe resigned from the job earlier this month, following evidence of his relationship with the Gupta family and questionable deals made in the Public Protector's state capture report.

Koko has been speaking on behalf on the utility since Molefe’s sudden resignation particularly about issues pertaining to the nuclear build program.

Brown says Koko is well suited for the job.

“Mr Koko has a wealth of experience, and understands the challenges Eskom faces. Mr Koko must ensure that the current trajectory at Eskom continues.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)