Eskom awaiting Minister Brown's decision on CEO

Eskom says it has submitted two names to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to consider for the position of acting CEO.

FILE: Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says it has submitted two names to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to consider for the position of acting CEO in the stipulated time and now it’s waiting on her decision.

Brown instructed the Eskom board to rescind the re-appointment of Brian Molefe as CEO as recommended by an inter-ministerial committee which she was part of.

At a media briefing held at the end of May, Brown stated she would appoint an acting CEO within 48 hours but this has not been done.

When Brown rescinded Molefe’s re-appointment, she stated that she would appoint an acting CEO within two days to ensure continuity.

That was 20 days ago and Eskom still has no CEO, acting or otherwise.

Eskom says it was required to submit two names to the minister, which it did.

The City Press has reported that Eskom chair Ben Ngubane, who has defended Molefe and lashed out at his critics, resigned last week because the minister rejected the man he wanted as acting CEO.

He apparently punted Zethembe Khoza for the job, who was instead appointed as interim board chairperson until Brown is able to take new appointments to Cabinet for approval.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)