Cyril appoints Eskom task team
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an Eskom Sustainability Task Team to advise government on actions to resolve Eskom’s operational, structural and financial challenges, the Presidency said in a statement yesterday.
The team is tasked with coming up with solutions to the various problems faced by Eskom, and consists of “individuals with extensive electricity, management and economic expertise”, spokesperson Khusela Diko said.
The team is charged with assessing the operational, structural and financial viability of Eskom, including key assumptions around life of plant, impact and cost of environment commitment, as well as demand assumptions.
It will also review the turnaround strategy submitted by the Eskom Board of Directors.
President Ramaphosa appointed the following task team members: Energy policy expert Anton Eberhard; Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames; Chairperson of the Energy Intensive Users Group Tsakani Mthombeni; ACTOM Power head Sy Gourrah; Infrastructure and regulatory economist Grové Steyn; Former NUM general secretary Frans Baleni; Mining magnate Mick Davis; and CSIR senior researcher Busisiwe Vilakazi.
In addition, the team will assess the beleaguered power utility’s current business model and structure, present a view on current energy trends, and provide proposals regarding the role, positioning and structure of energy utilities.
It will also make proposals to resolve the debt burden.
The task team will consult with various role players including labour and business, Diko said.