Cabinet has called on Pravin Gordhan to make sure newly appointed Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter starts sooner. The new head of the embattled state-owned entity is set to begin his duties in mid-January.
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has been requested to get new Eskom CEO Andre De Ruyter on the job sooner rather than later.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Nampak CEO had been appointed to lead the struggling power utility, set to begin the monumental task on 15 January next year.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu commented that De Ruyter had been called to arms:
“Cabinet fully supports all efforts meant to ensure electricity supply certainty in our country. In this regard, Cabinet has mandated Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to negotiate with the Chief Executive Officer Mr Andre de Ruyter to commence his duties earlier than the set date."
With Stage 6 load-shedding gripping the nation last week, Mthembu outlined the task awaiting him:
“Mr de Ruyter together with his management team will immediately deal with the concerning issues of governance, lack of financial management as well as stabilise the operation of Eskom. This includes dealing with the huge backlog of maintenance of the ageing fleet of their power stations and the structural defects in Medupi and Kusile power stations."
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