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Eskom sabotage: How De Ruyter was undermined by new board, excluded from meetings, forced to resign

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Eskom group chief executive André de Ruyter resigned this week. His last day in office will be 31 March 2023. (Deaan Vivier)
Eskom group chief executive André de Ruyter resigned this week. His last day in office will be 31 March 2023. (Deaan Vivier)

Eskom boss André de Ruyter, who resigned as Eskom's group chief executive, was seemingly gradually sabotaged by the company's board after its appointment in October, with the chairperson neglecting to sign crucial documents to assist in alleviating load shedding.

News24 has established that shortly after Mpho Makwana was installed as chairperson of the board, De Ruyter sent him a document for his signature to approve the procurement of 585 MW of electricity from existing suppliers.

The document was never signed, and the procurement of the extra capacity has not yet happened. South Africa currently remains in the grip of load shedding between stages 4 and 6.

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