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Black Business Council echoes calls for Eskom CEO De Ruyter to resign

The council’s call comes amid an energy crisis that has seen Eskom implement stage six of load shedding this week.

André de Ruyter, CEO of Eskom. Photo: @Eskom_SA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The Black Business Council (BBC) has backed calls for the resignation of Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter.

The council’s call comes amid an energy crisis that has seen Eskom implement Stage 6 of load shedding this week.

There were also fears that Stage 8 power outages were imminent.

Speaking on 702 on Friday, BBC CEO Kganki Matabane said heads had to roll.

The board believes that de Ruyter has not kept his promise to turn things around.

De Ruyter was appointed CEO in November 2019.

He joined the electric utility at a time when it was riddled with aging infrastructure, structural flaws in its power plants and corruption.

Part of de Ruyter’s mission was to clean up the rot from the beleaguered state enterprise.

More than two years later, de Ruyter’s lofty goals have come back to haunt him.

Matabane said de Ruyter had plenty of time to turn Eskom around: “When the CEO of Eskom was appointed, we welcomed the appointment because we wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. He told South Africa “give me 18 months”. During these 18 months you will experience some load shedding, but after 18 months things will be better”.

“But if you check since the appointment, things have gotten worse. We were on stage 4 shedding even before the strike. Instead of solving the problem, he’s still on TV and giving excuses. When you’re a CEO and paid to do your job, you can’t spend all your time making excuses.

While Matabane also wants Eskom’s board removed, he believes Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s job is secure.



Black Business Council echoes calls for Eskom CEO De Ruyter to resign

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