- André de Ruyter's appointment as the new CEO of Eskom has been met with criticism
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has since come to his defence amid outcry from some trade unions and the EFF
-Ramaphosa lauded the Nampak CEO's appointment as a step towards restoring stability
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended André de Ruyter's appointment as the new chief executive officer at Eskom.
Briefly.co.za reported that trade union NUMSA and the Economic Freedom Fighters had slammed the Nampak CEO's ascension to the position as racist and anti-transformative.
eNCA noted that Ramaphosa responded to this criticism at a Black Business Council meeting, commenting that:
“The appointment of a new permanent Group Chief Executive at Eskom is an important step towards restoring stability and forging a sustainable path at this strategic entity. We are undertaking these measures in support of the overriding effort to address the unemployment crisis."
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The president says the Eskom board is co-operating with the state in the pursuit of a turnaround plan to address a crippling debt burden and operational challenges.
Ramaphosa called on those present to help create sustainable employment opportunities for citizens at a time when South Africa is experiencing a dire job shortage.
The politician says that, while the government is hard at work attempting to spur growth, the majority of employment opportunities will come from the private sector.
Ramaphosa explained that engagements between the public and private sectors are vital for exactly this reason, urging the later to remove 'impediments' that stand in the way of business that could lead to the creation of opportunities for South Africans.
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