New Eskom boss to get on with job
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