Dec 1, 2021

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter Has No Intention Of Resigning

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De Ruyter also argued that Eskom’s challenges were exacerbated by poor leadership over the years.

FILE PHOTO: Eskom CEO André de Ruyter during Eskom press conference at Megawatt Park in Sunninghill. PICTURE: Moneyweb

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JOHANNESBURG: Responding to calls for him to resign, de Ruyter said he would only heed the Eskom board’s calls in this regard.

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has not minced his words following calls for him and the power utility’s board to step down.

This after the Black Business Council (BBC) encouraged the parties to resign on Monday.

In a statement, the council described Eskom’s leadership as “completely overwhelmed, inept and out of its depth”.

This follows the power utility’s implementation of rolling power cuts that have inconvenienced the lives of South Africans and disrupted economic activity.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa along with the National Union of Mineworkers have also echoed the BBC’s call.

Both entities have blamed Eskom’s woes on its management.

However, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and Business Unity South Africa have since defended de Ruyter, blaming Eskom’s dire situation on years of mismanagement.

Responding to calls for him to resign, de Ruyter said he would only heed the Eskom board’s calls in this regard.

He further pointed out that it was important to realise that the Eskom executives are appointed by the board.

“In turn, the board is appointed by the minister of public enterprises who in turn is appointed by the president of South Africa. We serve at the pleasure and discretion of our board.

“Of course, if the board considers that it’s appropriate for me or other people to resign then that is their decision to make. We have had no conversations in this regard so far, so I do not intend to resign on my own accord,” he said.

De Ruyter also argued that Eskom’s challenges were exacerbated by poor leadership over the years.

“You can flog a dead horse. You can even go one step further and you can change the jockey on the dead horse. But that will not necessarily solve the problem.

“And I think given the current circumstances, it is probably more important to have continuity of management rather than to fall back into the trap that Eskom has been in over the past 10 years – when we had 11 different executives.

“That lack of continuity has contributed significantly instability in the organisation.”

De Ruyter has since said load shedding will be downgraded from Stage 4 to Stage 3 at 05:00 on Wednesday morning.

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