Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana won't be rushing to fire executives, invent a new strategy, or push a line on renewable energy versus coal.
"That would be irresponsible," he says about acting prematurely against executives. As far as the other two are concerned, he will take the line of march directly from government policy. He does not plan to get involved in government energy politics.
With Eskom's capacity in free fall, a government under pressure, and an angry and frustrated public, Makwana received plenty of unsolicited advice before he began. He should act with speed to remove CEO André de Ruyter; he should perform a miracle and restore Eskom's coal fleet to its former glory; he should close down coal more quickly and reap the benefits of a renewable energy investment bonanza - these are some of the suggestions that have been made.