- Eskom's new CEO Andre de Ruyter is set to start working on Christmas Day
- This follows Cabinet negotiating with the CEO to begin work sooner than planned
- EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu remains unimpressed with the situation at the power utility
Andre de Ruyter is set for a grim festive season, starting work as Eskom's new CEO earlier than originally planned.
Briefly.co.za reported that Cabinet had been forced to negotiate with the executive in order to move up his start at the embattled power utility.
Originally meant to begin work in mid-January, de Ruyter will now be spending Christmas knee-deep in the state-owned entity's troubles.
With the Department of Environmental Affairs recently ordering Eskom to shut down two units after a week of unplanned breakdowns, load-shedding is looming on the horizon for South Africa.
Nevertheless, Economic Freedom Fighter deputy president Floyd Shivambu isn't impressed with this development.
Shivambu evidently doesn't have much faith in de Ruyter's ability to turn the situation around:
"And do what on Christmas Day? Grand stand whilst your agenda is to undermine ESKOM’s Generation capacity so IPPs can take charge to make irrational returns at the expense of provision of dependable electricity? What’s the CEO with no credible record going to do on Christmas Day?"
The executive was previously at Sasol and Nampak, with no tangible experience in the industry he is about to step into.
A recent forensic investigation put forward that de Ruyter had illegally moved stock during his time at the petroleum giant which has raised further questions over his abilities.
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