Eskom board ‘running amok’

2009-11-06 09:37

The Eskom board has the habit of “running amok” in critical

moments, Vytjie Mentor, the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on

public enterprises said on Friday.

This was in reaction to reports that Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga had


“When it is critical moments like this, the board runs amok with

the issues without considering a whole lot of issues,” Mentor said in an

interview on SAfm.

She could not confirm whether Maroga had resigned, as Eskom

chairperson Bobby Godsell announced to staff on Thursday.

Shortly after that, the ANC Youth League said Maroga had not

resigned. Maroga is yet to comment.

“We need to be shown proof that he has resigned, there has been

conflicting reports which insist that he has not resigned,” said Mentor.

“We are told it’s the board (who is behind his reported

resignation). What is the role of the shareholder in this saga?,” asked


She said she heard the news through the opposition Democratic


“This is not (good) for the confidence of the country, for the

utility itself. It is coming at the wrong time and the question I want to add is

what role is the board playing?

“Is it management only that must be blamed?“

Mentor said, two weeks ago, when Eskom’s annual report was

presented, there was no talk of unhappiness with Maroga’s performance. “The

board and the management appeared two weeks ago before Parliament. In that

annual report Mr Maroga has received R2 million additionally to his


“There was no indication that they were not happy with his


The board needed to take some responsibility in the performance of

the CEO.

“If the board is not performing the board has to answer,” she


Maroga was at Eskom’s helm in turbulent times, including rolling

blackouts last year and, more recently, the utility proposed a 45% tariff hike

every year for the next three years.

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