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Matjila acting Eskom CEO, DA disapproves

Matjila acting Eskom CEO, DA disapproves

Apr 1, 2014

Former chairman of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) Collin Matjila was appointed Eskom’s acting CEO, effective 1 April 2014, to replace Brian Dames who left the company on 31 March 2014. Zola Tsotsi, chairman of the South African electricity giant’s board, said that Matjila’s experience as chairman of Nersa and as a current Eskom board member and Chairman of the board tender committee “stands him in good stead for this role”.

However, a statement issued by Natasha Michael, Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, says the Democratic Alliance “strongly objects” to the appointment. The statement reads: “The DA will write to all board members at Eskom, as well as the Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, noting our strong objection to the appointment of Eskom’s new acting CEO, Collin Matjila. We will also call for this appointment to be rescinded and an appropriate replacement made available.

“Mr Matjilla’s promotion comes when the state utility races against time to build new capacity and avoid further load shedding.

“Mr Matjila is currently the CEO of COSATU’s investment arm, Kopano ke Matla. This in itself should render him unsuitable. COSATU forms part of the tripartite alliance, and therefore has major access to government decisions. This is a conflict of interest, which will open the power utility to more scandal – as was witnessed when Chancellor House linked firms were awarded tenders for the multi-billion rand Medupi project.”

Michael’s statement continues, listing several controversial issues the DA says Mr Matjila has been involved in, and calls for Eskom to “urgently correct this mistake and appoint an appropriate acting CEO without delay”.

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