Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems

14th December 2018 By: African News Agency

 Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems

Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames
Photo by: Creamer Media

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday.

And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial recommendations by the end of January 2019, the statement said.

Ramaphosa has engaged people with extensive expertise in electricity, management and economics to assess the power utility's operational, structural and financial viability. 

The President has appointed Anton Eberhard, Brian Dames (who is a former Eskom CEO), Tsakani Mthombeni, Sy Gourrah, Grové Steyn, Frans Baleni, Mick Davis and Busisiwe Vilakazi

The Eskom sustainability task team will review the board's turnaround strategy including the impact on tariffs and the industry, as well as the feasibility on solutions that it has proposed for the future role of the power utility.

The team will also assess its current business model and structure, present a view on energy trends globally, as well as provide proposals on how to position Eskom best, to examine its funding model going forward and on how to improve and strengthen its management.

It will also consult with labour, business and all other stakeholders, and it will work with the board of directors, management and the Department of Public Enterprises, the Presidency said. 

"The assessments that will be carried out by the task team arise from government’s concern that the lack of adequate electricity has a negative impact on economic recovery and that there is a need for intervention in the short and medium term, to restore the supply-demand balance."

 Eskom has also been experiencing severe financial difficulties that have resulted in operational and financial issues.