'Challenged' Eskom runs job ad for new CEO with 'integrity and ethics'

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
Outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.
Alet Pretorius/News24

"A leader with unquestionable integrity and ethics" with a track record of "turning around commercially and operationally challenged organisations" is needed to take the helm at SA's embattled power utility Eskom. 

Eskom on Sunday published a quarter-page advertisement for a new group chief executive following the resignation of current boss André de Ruyter in mid-December last year. De Ruyter, 52, had assumed his position on Christmas Day in 2019 and is the utility's 11th CEO since 2007, when load shedding was first implemented. 

"The job of Eskom group chief executive in its current configuration is impossible. There is a lack of support and when this became clear to me, it became fundamentally untenable (to continue) given the repeated attacks on me and Eskom’s strategy by senior members of government," De Ruyter told News24 after he resigned.

This followed a barrage of public attacks on him led by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's and President Cyril Ramaphosa's subsequent failure to publicly support him and his management.

The requirements for De Ruyter's replacement include: 

  • A postgraduate degree in engineering and business administration or economics (an MBA would be an advantage);
  • At least 15 to 20 years' senior management experience; 
  • A solid track record in proactively managing crises;
  • A leader with unquestionable integrity and ethics; and
  • A track record in turning around commercially and operationally challenged organisations.

The incumbent will be responsible for "building an ethos of excellence" and to ensure "efficient and sustainable delivery of electricity supply". He or she should also possess a track record of working in a "complex environment" and "leading a business turnaround". The deadline for applications is 27 February.

ALSO READ | Eskom COO job to be scrapped after Oberholzer retires 

The power utility has been struggling to keep the lights on and load shedding has been implemented every day of 2023. SA's governing party, the ANC, has said it wants to end load shedding by the end of the year by reprioritising the national budget and declaring a national state of disaster

De Ruyter's three years with some change at Eskom have been marked by death threats, sabotage, relentless accusations and investigations, the Covid-19 pandemic, and a major lack of urgency from government to heed calls for additional capacity.

According to the job ad, Eskom employs 40 421 people and has annual revenues of R246.5 billion. It has debts of just under R400 billion, Bloomberg reported. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Show Comments ()
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Company Snapshot
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

Government tenders

Find public sector tender opportunities in South Africa here.

Government tenders
This portal provides access to information on all tenders made by all public sector organisations in all spheres of government.
Browse tenders