Solidarity welcomes Molefe as new permanent Eskom CEO


Trade union Solidarity has described cabinet’s appointing of Brain Molefe to the position of permanent Eskom CEO, as “a step in the right direction”.

Former Transnet boss Molefe, who had been the struggling energy parastatal’s acting CEO since April, was officially announced by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown on Friday as having been elected on a permanent basis, following a drastic reduction on imposed load shedding and stability of the national grid.

“We welcome Mr Molefe’s appointment as CEO and trust that the leadership he has already shown would continue,” Solidarity Head of Energy Industry, Deon Reyneke said in a statement on Polticsweb.

“Since his appointment as acting CEO, Mr Molefe has already put several systems in place in a bid to stabilise the energy supplier, and we wish him all the best for the task ahead”.

In a statement, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister for Public Enterprises, Natasha Mazzone, said Molefe’s appointment was merely another example of ANC cadre deployment, and that he offers “nothing besides being well connected to the ruling party”.

“He promised a winter without load-shedding, yet load-shedding persisted throughout winter. He promised to ramp up the construction at Medupi and Kusile, but could only announce further delays of up to two years at each power plant.

“Under his watch we have also seen the politically-connected Gupta family being awarded a coal deal to the value of R4 billion despite having their application rejected four times since 2011, due to their poor standard of coal,” Mazzone said.

“Until the ANC realises that SOE’s are not dumping grounds for cadres to be given fat pay checks, we will continue to see the downward spiral of such entities”.