Minister of Public Enterprises, Ms Lynne Brown, announced
today that the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eskom will be appointed
In a briefing to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Energy
and Public Enterprises, Minister Brown said that she was treating the
appointment of a permanent CEO with urgency.
The position became vacant following the resignation of the
previous CEO, Mr Brian Dames. He left
the position at the end of the financial year and since then Mr Collin Matjila
has been the Acting CEO.
“This is why I intend
taking this matter to Cabinet soon with a view to announce a new appointment
latest by mid-August. Following this, I
have urged the Board to move rapidly to fill all the other critical vacant
executive positions to ensure the sustainability of the Company,” said Minister
She appealed to Members of Parliament to rally behind Eskom
and provides the necessary support to Eskom in order to ensure security of
electricity supply going forward.
“It is equally important that Eskom responds appropriately
by moving forward to the next level,” said Minister Brown.
She added that the Eskom needs to adapt to the changing
environment and be agile. The energy policy and regulatory environment has also
been characterised by uncertainties particularly in relation to energy security
and the associated costs, future planning and the anticipated end state of the
However, an interdepartmental task team comprising of the
Departments of Public Enterprises, Energy and National Treasury have been
working with Eskom and the National Regulator to formulate a solution to the
immediate challenges Eskom are facing.
Minister Brown said the final report should be presented to
the Energy Security Cabinet Sub-Committee and later to Cabinet by the end of