- Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has been appointed the interim board chairperson at Eskom
- This follows Jabu Mabuza's recent resignation amid claims he misled the president
- Makgoba claims he heard of the new job through his daughter in London
Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has served as the University of KwaZulu-Natal vice-chancellor and health ombudsman and now he has been appointed as the new interim chair at Eskom.
The Citizen reports that Makgoba claims to have found out about his appointment from his daughter in London.
While this is a cause for concern, Makgoba says it is an honour to be entrusted with the post:
“It’s a great honour to be entrusted with such responsibility by the nation."
Briefly.co.za reported that Jabu Mabuza had stood down from the post amid outcry over claims he had misled President Cyril Ramaphosa about load-shedding.
But his replacement is known as both a scientist and academic. Makgoba has also served as a non-executive director of Eskom for the past two years.
The government released a statement following the professor's appointment, noting that:
“His appointment as interim chair is consistent with the government’s commitment to good governance and the stability of the company,” the government said in a press release following his appointment. The government is going through the process of putting in place reconfigured board in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Friday, 10 January. President Ramaphosa announced the government’s plan to introduce reconfigured Eskom Board with the appropriate mix of the electricity industry, engineering and corporate governance experience,” the statement concluded."
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