eskomBloomberg writes that appointing a permanent Eskom chief executive officer to turn the power utility around is widely seen as a top priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration.  

Yet while the government pledged to name a new head of Eskom by the end of October, it has missed repeated deadlines to act.  Jabu Mabuza, the utility’s chairman, has filled the post in an interim capacity since Phakamani Hadebe quit in July.  Ramaphosa said almost a month ago that the appointment would be made “soon,” a pledge he’s repeated several times since, while Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan indicated that the name would be announced by 10 November.  Darias Jonker of the Eurasia Group remarked:  “The delay in announcing the CEO is another clear indication of the power struggle around Eskom.  Competing interest groups each have their preferred candidate and Ramaphosa is yet again wavering over a key government decision.”  Andy Calitz is seen to be the front runner for the Eskom job.  A South African who started his career at Eskom, Calitz has been working for Shell since 1996 in Australia, China, Russia and India.  The new CEO will help oversee government plans to split Eskom into generation, transmission and distribution units under a state holding company -- a breakup opposed by trade labor unions who see it as a precursor to privatisation and job losses.


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