New Eskom boss to get on with job

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - BUSINESS - TNA RE­PORTER

THE in­terim group CEO of Eskom, Sean Maritz, has asked the public for space and time to fo­cus on ex­e­cut­ing his du­ties as man­dated by the Eskom board, with the sup­port of Public En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Lynne Brown.

Maritz said yes­ter­day the ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment team of the public power util­ity re­mained fo­cused on its five pri­or­ity ini­tia­tives:

• In­creas­ing de­mand for elec­tric­ity. • Re­duc­ing pri­mary en­ergy costs. • Im­ple­ment­ing ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics to de­liver sav­ings.

• Re­leas­ing gov­ern­ment guar­an­tees . • En­sur­ing the com­ple­tion of the new build pro­gramme.

“Glob­ally, the elec­tric­ity land­scape is chang­ing rapidly. Eskom is not im­mune to this change and we are fac­ing threats on mul­ti­ple fronts in the South African elec­tric­ity mar­ket and in the broader global en­ergy con­text,” he said.

With a wave of change in cus­tomer, sup­plier and com­peti­tor be­hav­iour, we are fac­ing a con­strained elec­tric­ity sales path,” he said.

“Po­ten­tial sources of rev­enue growth range from those that are close to our cur­rent ca­pa­bil­i­ties to those that are en­tirely new.

“By ex­ploit­ing both reg­u­lated and un­reg­u­lated op­por­tu­ni­ties, we have an op­por­tu­nity to de­liver sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue im­pact.

“We will do this by un­lock­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, fo­cus­ing on lo­cal de­mand stim­u­la­tion, cross-bor­der sales and un­reg­u­lated op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“A clear dis­tinc­tion ex­ists be­tween the busi­ness of to­day and the Eskom of to­mor­row, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a fo­cused and struc­tured ap­proach, which will en­sure the right level of fo­cus and drive for each iden­ti­fied op­por­tu­nity,” Maritz said.

Re­gard­ing me­dia re­ports that he had hired a friend and fel­low church mem­ber with­out declar­ing their friend­ship, Maritz ac­knowl­edged the over­sight, but de­nied claims that the award­ing of the con­tract was ir­reg­u­lar.

He in­sisted the award­ing of the con­tract was ad­ju­di­cated by a panel in line with Eskom’s in­ter­nal pro­cesses.

He also de­nied claims that he had deleted some information from the server, adding that the IT se­cu­rity sys­tem was built in such a way that no email could be deleted.

Maritz’s six months writ­ten warn­ing in re­la­tion to the con­flict of in­ter­est ex­pired in 2010 and has been duly ex­punged. – 701068

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