Eskom focuses on keeping the lights on

2010-10-25 13:01

o Eskom wanted to leave the troubled past behind and focus on keeping the lights on over the next seven years, its new leadership said today.

“We need to draw a line in the sand, leave the past behind and work on building the organisation,” said chief executive officer Brian Dames.

“We don’t want to go back to load shedding. We want to keep the lights on in the next seven years, but it will be tight, especially in the next two years.”

The leadership said that to keep the lights on everyone in South Africa would have to help because Eskom could not do it on its own.

Chairman Mpho Makwana said the organisation had turned a corner.

“The key thing for the board is that the CEO has the full backing of the executive committee. We now look forward to the excitement as our strategy is created.”

Makwana took over as chairman after Bobby Godsell resigned after a board meeting during which former CEO Jacob Maroga was removed from his post.

Last year Eskom’s board fired Maroga following his denials that he had offered to resign from the electricity utility.

The appointment of the new CEO dragged out because Eskom had to wait for a ruling by the High Court in Johannesburg that Maroga could not stop the board from appointing a successor.

Maroga wanted to be reinstated to his former position, but the court found that although his termination was illegal, he could not rejoin Eskom as his relationship with the board had broken down “irretrievably”.

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