Maroga no longer Eskom CEO

2009-11-12 12:54

Jacob Maroga is no longer Eskom’s chief executive, the electricity

parastatal said today.

“Mr Maroga’s resignation was clear and unambiguous and was

accepted,” acting Eskom chairman Mpho Makwana told a media briefing at Megawatt

Park, Eskom’s headquarters.

“However, the board recognised that this brought about uncertainty

at Eskom,” he said. Makwana added that he and the board had been tasked with

guiding the parastatal through difficult times until a new chief executive and

chairman were appointed.

“Our key task is to ensure that Eskom continues to provide

continuous, secure electricity. It is also our task to help heal the

organisation and to ensure that the pain some employees feel is replaced with a

sense of belonging, a sense of pride and team sprit,” Makwana said. “Eskom

relies on the resilience of its employees.”

He said Eskom was financially stable and the organisation was busy

preparing for its important tariff application.

Today’s announcement ended days of speculation as to Maroga’s

position at Eskom, following a power struggle between him and Bobby Godsell, the

former chairman, who also resigned earlier this week.

Makwana said he had held “extensive meetings” with Maroga. “The

last meeting I had with him lasted most of yesterday. It started

around 11am and ended at 4.30pm. I’m satisfied that Mr Maroga has resigned and

we now have to move on.”

Makwana said that if Maroga “still had doubts“, South Africa was a

country where the rule of law operated. “Then we let the law take its course,”

he said. Asked if Maroga had received “a golden handshake,” he replied that the

former chief executive had resigned. “There is no golden handshake. He leaves

like any other employee who has resigned.” Makwana said the board had “all the

documentation” surrounding Maroga’s resignation.

“Eskom now doesn’t have a CEO and we are seeking one. “In 90 days

we hope we will be as close as possible to identifying a key candidate.” Turning

the appointment of a new chairman, he said this was the prerogative of the

shareholder (the government).

Asked why it had taken two weeks to comment on the issue of

Maroga’s position, Makwana said that the board had tried to “solve the problem


“Our steps were frustrated and yesterday the board

decided it had done all that could be done and we decided to move on.”

Asked about continuity, he explained that Eskom had senior staff in

place to ensure that adequate operational support was in place.

Asked if Godsell would return to the board, Makwana said it was

Godsell’s right to withdraw his resignation, “but this would have to be resolved

between Godsell and the shareholder.”


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