Eskom appoints first health ombud Prof Makgoba as interim chairperson

Prof. Malegapuru Makgoba. (Supplied)
Prof. Malegapuru Makgoba. (Supplied)

Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba has been appointed interim chairperson of Eskom, following the shock resignation of Jabu Mabuza last week, the Department of Public Enterprises announced on Wednesday evening.

The government is also in the process of putting in place a new board in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Friday, the department added in a statement.

The president announced a plan to introduce a reconfigured Eskom Board with the appropriate mix of electricity industry, engineering and corporate governance experience.

Makgoba joined the Eskom board in 2018 and is the independent lead director. He is well known as a public health advocate and academic, and was formerly the vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Most recently, he was behind the Makgoba report into the Life Esidimeni disaster, having presided over the investigation. The Life Esidimeni scandal was Makgoba's first case as ombud after former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi set up an Office of Health Standards Compliance.

"His (Makgoba's) appointment as interim chair is consistent with the government's commitment to good governance and the stability of the company," the department said on Wednesday.

* Compiled by Marelise van der Merwe

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