- The Economic Freedom Fighters are less than impressed with President Ramaphosa's Eskom Sustainability Task Team
-The party said the team is part of a plot by Ramaphosa to privatise the power utility
- However, an energy expert, Chris Yelland, has faith in the team and said their integrity has the EFF running scared
The EFF was not happy with the team that President Ramaphosa chose to save Eskom. In fact, the party openly criticised the team, calling them incompetent.
The economic fighters are especially soured by the selection of Eskom's former CEO, Brian Dames.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, EFF spokesperson, said Dames couldn't save Eskom before and will leave it in a worse state.
Dames is not competent, nor has he any capacity to make any recommendation that will stabilise Eskom. He couldn’t do it before, and he left Eskom in a far worse position than he found it as its chief executive.
President Ramaphosa announced his Eskom Sustainability Task Team last week, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
The team members are: Anton Eberhard, Brian Dames, Tsakani Mthombeni, Sy Gourrah, Grové Steyn, Frans Baleni, Mick Davis, and Busisiwe Vilakazi.
According to a report by The Citizen, the EFF sees the team as nothing more than a plot by the president.
The appointment of this team is equal to setting up a parallel board; which will effectively render the board and management useless and redundant. If Ramaphosa did not have confidence in the current board and management, he should have dissolved them.
It is our view that the recent episodes of load shedding were staged in a deliberate attempt intended to rationalize the appointment of this parallel board.
Furthermore, the EFF accused Eberhard of not having Eskom's best interests at heart. In fact, they claim he said Eskom has no future. He is the CEO of African Rainbow Energy and Minerals which is owned by the president's brother-in-law, Patrice Motsepe.
However, Chris Yelland, an energy expert, is satisfied with Ramaphosa's team.
Yelland praised the team that the president chose, and pointed out the experience the members have in the energy industry.
Yelland said Eberhard is a very important part of the committee and appreciated his knowledge. He added that Davis has staggering experience and said he used to be Eskom's CFO.
Personally, I think the EFF is running scared because there are people with great integrity on this team.
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