More new members to join Eskom board

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says in the next few months additional members will join the Eskom board.

Minister Lynne Brown chats to new members of her board after a briefing with the Eskom board and the media on 15 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says in the next few months additional members will join the Eskom board, with appropriate expertise in the business sector.

Brown called a special general meeting at Eskom’s Megawatt Park on Friday to officially introduce new members of the board who were appointed last week, warning that they would be susceptible to public scrutiny.

A number of organisations have criticised the appointment of the new board, saying some members lack the requisite energy and business experience, while concerns have been raised about the retention of seven members of the interim board.

Brown says the appointment of this board is a pragmatic response to the well-publicised problems Eskom is facing.

“More new members with appropriate expertise from the business sector will join the board. That doesn’t say that members of the board, presently, are not members from the business sector. Several strong candidates have already been identified.”

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At the same time, Eskom’s board has confirmed its received the recommendations from Matshela Koko’s disciplinary process but says it still needs to review them before making a decision.

It’s been reported that Koko was found not guilty on all charges after the parastatal awarded a multi-million-rand contract to a company that was linked to his stepdaughter.

During a special general meeting at Eskom's headquarters on Friday afternoon Brown said she hasn’t been briefed about the outcome of Koko’s disciplinary hearing.

Chairman of the board Zethembe Khoza, however, says they have received the final report.

“We’ve received the report and the question it still has to go through processes within the board, then advise the shareholder before announcing it.”

There has been speculation that Koko will be reinstated as the power utility’s CEO.

Brown, meanwhile, has told the new board that Eskom must appoint a permanent CEO as a matter of priority.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)