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Eskom searches for godsell's successor

By Lihle Mtshali, Reuters and I-Net Bridge | Nov 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Search is on for Bobby Godsell's replacement as chairperson of the board of embattled state-owned power utility Eskom.

Godsell said yesterday he had reconfirmed his resignation as chairperson, despite a request by the government that he resume his chairmanship.

The government, through the Department of Public Enterprises, will now have to put out its feelers for Godsell's replacement.

When asked how long it would take for Eskom to find a new chairperson, the department's spokesperson Ayanda Shezi said yesterday: "The minister is applying her mind to the matter. She is consulting her Cabinet colleagues and will make an announcement in due course."

On Friday, Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan said she wanted Godsell, who resigned last Monday, back at the helm.

Godsell quit after he said the government had failed to support the board's bid to oust Eskom's chief executive Jacob Maroga after the two clashed over issues on how to run the state-owned enterprise struggling to keep South Africa's lights on.

In a statement, Godsell said the Eskom board had acted decisively in the last week and noted that the government had given the company's board the support it required.

Godsell said his replacement Mpho Makwana, who is serving on an acting capacity, had already demonstrated wise and calm leadership capacities at a press conference last Thursday, during which he confirmed the resignation of Maroga.

"Eskom is ready to move forward under new leadership. It is this new leadership that must write the new chapter. I have therefore reconfirmed my resignation to Minister Hogan," he said.

Makwana said last Thursday he would run Eskom until a new chairperson and CEO were appointed. The utility hoped to find a candidate for the CEO post within 90 days, he said.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu told Sowetan: "The conflict between Godsell and Maroga reflected the clash in principles, with Godsell driven by capitalist morals and Maroga understanding what the developmental state ought to do.

"As far as the ANCYL is concerned, Maroga is still the CEO of Eskom, and he suits in very well to what we want," said Shivambu.


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