- André de Ruyter has caused a stir after the Nampak CEO was appointed to lead Eskom
- Politicians have met the appointment with mixed reviews, with the EFF and NUMSA unimpressed
- Energy expert Ted Blom has weighed in and found the businessman lacking
The politicians have had their say over the new Eskom CEO André de Ruyter, but energy expert Ted Blow has raised his disapproval.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Nampak CEO's appointment had been slammed by both the EFF and NUMSA, who were adamant that it went against transformation in South Africa.
Speaking to 702, Blom shared his opinion on why De Ruyter fails to hit the mark as the new leader of the embattled utility.
Blom pointed out that one of the requirements set out by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had included that the applicant needed to be an engineer, something the new CEO definitely isn't.
The expert suspects that this forms part of the planned unbundling of the utility, commenting:
"My guess is that this person was not appointed to fix Eskom. As we know the government is unbundling Eskom, this person will stay with the holding company."
Blom firmly believes that De Ruyter is going to be the man who helps the state split the utility, not the man who helps fix it.
Unconvinced that the businessman has what it takes to turn the situation around, Blom is adamant that the board (which he slammed as incompetent) would not have been able to appoint anyone capable of the job.
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