SOUTH AFRICAN POWER UTILITY ESKOM APPOINTS INSIDER AS NEW CEO

JOHANNESBURG, South African power utility Eskom has announced the appointment of Johnny Dladla, a 22-year veteran of the State-owned company, as acting Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect, filling the spot left by former CEO Brian Molefe.

Molefe was removed last month by the government amidst growing concerns about governance at the country’s sole electricity provider.

Dladla, who is currently serving as CEO of Eskom Enterprises, has served in various positions in his career at Eskom.

Both the power utility’s acting Chairperson, Zethembe Khoza, and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown Thursday expressed confidence in Dladla’s ability to stablilise the organization.

Khoza said: “Dladla is a seasoned business leader with impeccable credentials. His business acumen, which includes his commendable knowledge of Eskom intricacies, will come in handy in his new role.”

Dladla takes the reins as Eskom comes under scrutiny in the media after leaked documents put it at the centre of allegations of improper dealings in the awarding of government contracts to business friends of President Jacob Zuma.

Eskom was also named in a report by the Public Protector (Ombudsman), a constitutionally mandated corruption watchdog, which raised questions over coal deals between Eskom and a company controlled by the Gupta business family, some of whose members are friends of Zuma.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK