- Eskom's new CEO André de Ruyter has just started but Pravin Gordhan already has full confidence in his abilities
- The Public Enterprises Minister says the power utility's new boss is hard at work sorting through its issues
- Gordhan has busied himself with understanding how the power utility is run on the ground level
Minister Pravin Gordhan has come out in full support of André de Ruyter's ability to turn the tide at Eskom.
Speaking to News24, the Public Enterprises head says the new CEO has already started cleaning shop at the embattled state-owned entity.
But Gordhan admits that Eskom is still in a critical condition, with interventions and major reforms vital to its stabilisation:
"I think De Ruyter will introduce [a review of the business] … he'll need a lot of help and support, but he's already using the brush [to sweep clean], but it's just a start. I have confidence in him, now he needs a team, and he must construct a team. We speak at all hours, whenever it's necessary."
Business Insider spoke to De Ruyter himself, who promised major changes would be coming, with proposals set to be presented to the entity's board soon.
These proposals, according to the new CEO, would provide the mandate to implement some 'significant changes to how we do things'.
Gordhan is on board with this reform, revealing the next few months would see a major overhaul at Eskom.
While De Ruyter has his hands full deciding on the path forward for the power utility, currently battling around R500 billion in debt, Gordhan has made it his business to understand the technical side of things.
The minister says himself and his team have been probing how the systems at the utility work in an attempt to help streamline the processes:
"For each of the different sections that make up a power station - for each one - we asked: 'What is the purchasing route [of goods and services]?'. And then, for each of these sections, which had high-cost drivers, we looked at the value chain. We analysed that value chain, who is involved and where. But we don't yet have all those details."
Briefly.co.za reported that Pravin Gordhan had managed to evade more calls for his removal at the ANC's National Executive Committee meeting, something the minister now says he avoided after placing facts, not narratives before fellow comrades.
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