Eskom names new leadership

Brian Dames would be Eskom’s new chief executive officer from July

1 and the minister of public enterprises had appointed Mpho Makwana as

chairperson of the board.

Makwana, who was appointed as interim chair in November last year,

said Dames’ appointment now completed the leadership team at Eskom, and would

lead it “further into a new era”.

“We welcome the appointment of Dames and look forward to the

stability that his appointment brings to Eskom,” the parastatal said in a

statement.

Dames is currently Eskom’s chief officer: business

generation.

He was appointed to Eskom’s executive management committee in

September 2004 after serving Eskom in various management positions.

Last year, Eskom’s board fired former chief executive Jacob Maroga

following his denial that he had offered to resign from the electricity

utility.

The appointment of a new chief executive had dragged out as 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

judge found that although his termination was illegal, he could not re-join

Eskom as his relationship with its board had broken down “irretrievably”.

The court also heard that Maroga could not be reinstated because he

had insulted Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan in court papers he filed

to get an R85 million payout for unlawful dismissal.

“The filling of these two vacancies brings to an end months of

speculation, and means that Eskom can now return its full attention to its core

business,” a statement from the public enterprises department read.

Former chairperson Bobby Godsell resigned during a heated board

meeting at which Maroga was removed from his post. Makwana then took over as

acting chairperson.



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