Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has appointed four new Eskom board members which bring the total number to 9.
This comes after Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was declared unfit to hold office by Parliamentary committee on public enterprise after his relationship with the controversial Gupta family was found on former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madansela’s state capture report.
Brown says the interim board will focus on contract management, coal procurement, and other matters.
She says Eskom has had a difficult two months with a number of allegations leveled against it but she says the claims are either under investigation or before the courts.
Brown says the newly appointed board members have good experience saying one of them studied nuclear power.
Last week Brown announced Ben Ngubane’s resignation as both non-executive director and chairperson of the parastatal’s board.
Brown has reappointed Zethembe Khoza as the acting chair and all those on the board will remain, interim members until their names have been taken to Cabinet for approval.
The minister says she took longer than expected to appoint a new acting CEO because she wanted to make sure that the individual wasn’t compromised in any way and she believes she made a good choice with Johnny Dladla
She says a number of issues at Eskom is still under investigation, so she’s restricted in terms of what she can say at this point.