Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announces Mpho Makwana as new chairperson of the Eskom board.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announces Mpho Makwana as new chairperson of the Eskom board.

Pravin Gordhan
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announces Mpho Makwana as new chairperson of the Eskom board.—

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Mpho Makwana has been appointed as new chairperson of the Eskom board.

Gordhan was addressing the media during a virtual briefing on Friday to announce measures to strengthen governance at Eskom.

Gordhan faced a barrage of questions in Parliament from MPs this week about issues at the ailing parastatal and the chronic load shedding that South Africa has experienced.

Gordhan said the new board was approved on Friday after a cabinet briefing.

Makwana is currently the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of JSE-listed Arcelor Mittal South Africa Limited as well as chairperson of the Nedbank group.

He is no stranger to Eskom, having previously first served as a Non-Executive Director of the state-owned entity between 2002 and 2011.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali was also appointed to the board.

Eskom’s new board members:

Mr. Mpho Makwana (Chairperson)
Dr Busisiwe Vilakazi
Mr. Lwazi Goqwana
Mr. Clive Le Roux
Mr. Leslie Mkhabela
Mr. Mteto Nyati
Ms Fathima Gany
Ms Ayanda Mafuleka
Dr Tsakani Mthombeni
Dr Claudelle von Eck
Ms Tryphosa Ramano
Mr. Bheki Ntshalintshali
Gordhan said Dr Rod Crompton will be retained on the Eskom Board of Directors to ensure continuity.

“The executive directors will be the CEO, Mr Andre de Ruyter, and the CFO, Mr Calib Cassim. The new board brings broad experience, expertise and skills that will provide stability and strategic direction to the entity. Their task will be to reposition Eskom to play a key role in the energy sector.”

The new 13-member board assumes its role from Saturday, 1 October.

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