Eskom acting CEO not interested in top job

2014-04-17 08:29

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Eskom acting chief executive Collin Matjila is not interested in a permanent position as head of the power utility, according to chairperson Zola Tsotsi.

The process of appointing a new chief executive was still under way.

“The board is making good process with the appointment of a permanent CE and will commence interviews with potential candidates next week,” said Tsotsi yesterday.

Matjila, a board member, assumed the role of acting CEO to replace Brian Dames, who left the parastatal after 26 years.

Eskom said the appointment of Matjila in his short-term role was the most effective and least disruptive solution.

“Matjila was a unanimous decision by the board, based on his deep knowledge of and experience in the South African electricity industry, emanating from his previous role as chairperson of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and from his current role as Eskom board member,” said Tsotsi.

Matjila relinquished all other Eskom board responsibilities and also stepped down as CEO of the Kopano ke Matla, which handles the investments of the Congress of SA Trade Unions.

As Eskom struggles to keep the country’s lights on, it is spending more than R10bn on purchasing diesel to feed power to the grid via generators, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut said last month.

Municipalities defaulting on payments also remain a challenge. Eskom was owed more than R2.3bn by various municipalities, civil rights organisation AfriForum said in March.

Spokesperson Tiaan Esterhuizen said in a statement at the time that Mpumalanga’s municipal debt to Eskom was more than R800m, while municipalities in the Free State owed more than R570m.

Eskom imposed emergency blackouts early in March, for the first time since 2008, to prevent a collapse of the national power.

It said the grid had come under intense strain because of torrential rain in Mpumalanga, which had drenched coal supplies sitting outside power stations.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.