Ail­ing Eskom hit by top ex­ecs ex­o­dus

Sunday World - - Business - XO­LILE MT­S­HAZO mt­s­ha­zox@sun­day­

WITH Eskom declar­ing a power emer­gency this week, cou­pled with load shed­ding, the power util­ity’s top man­age­ment is also un­der strain.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Dames is leav­ing at the end of this month. His suc­ces­sor has not been ap­pointed.

Ac­cord­ing to Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger, a re­cruit­ment drive is un­der way.

He says there is no time frame for the an­nounce­ment.

“The ap­point­ment could hap­pen any time,” says Etzinger.

But sources close to the paras­tatal say Steve Len­non, head of the re­new­able en­ergy di­vi­sion, will be ap­pointed as act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Dames took over as Eskom boss from Ja­cob Maroga in July 2010.

He is not the only one leav­ing the power util­ity.

Kan­nan Lak­mee­ha­ran, the di­vi­sional ex­ec­u­tive in the of­fice of the chief ex­ec­u­tive, has also re­signed and will be gone at the end of May.

Ba­bal­azi Bu­lunga, the head of hu­man re­sources, has taken early re­tire­ment.

Etzinger says ap­point­ments of se­nior ex­ec­u­tives nor­mally take longer.

“The whole process takes so long sim­ply be­cause we have to look at in­ter­nal can­di­dates first be­fore a per­son from out­side Eskom [can be] ap­pointed.

“There are no fixed dead­lines. If it hap­pens that a suit­able re­place­ment for the CEO has not been found by the end of this month, an act­ing CEO will be ap­pointed.”

He says the util­ity’s board has held sev­eral meet­ings re­lat­ing to ap­point­ments.

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