Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza has resigned. The Presidency announced in a statement on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted Mabuza’s resignation.
The Chairperson of the financially embattled power utility resigned just a day after Deputy President, David Mabuza, told television news channel eNCA that the Eskom Board misled President Ramaphosa when it said there would be no load-shedding from mid-December until mid-January. South Africa started experiencing rolling blackouts again last week after a break of about two weeks.
Last year Ramaphosa cut short an official visit to India to deal with load shedding problems that affected the country. He later blamed the rolling blackout on sabotage after he had met the Eskom Board. In his address to the nation, Ramaphosa also assured South Africans that there would be no load shedding between 17 December 2019 and 13 January 2020.
But Eskom has since implemented implemented stage 2 load shedding citing “loss of capacity” to generate adequate power.
On Friday The Presidency said Mabuza used his resignation letter to apologise for Eskom’s inability to meet the commitment it made to the President, the Deputy President and the relevant Ministers to halt load shedding.
“Eskom also outlined the risks affecting the national grid. As the Minister assigned responsibility for Eskom, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has accepted Mr Mabuza’s resignation. President Ramaphosa has expressed his gratitude to Mr Mabuza for serving Eskom and the nation during a challenging period and has commended Mr Mabuza for taking responsibility and accepting accountability for events under his leadership,” said The Presidency in a statement.
Ramaphosa, however, said government would continue to support measures being taken by Eskom to restore reliable electricity supply as a matter of priority, and is proceeding with measures to introduce new generation capacity – including self-generation – in the shortest possible time.
“In the wake of Mr Mabuza’s resignation, Government will soon announce a re-configured Eskom board with the appropriate mix of electricity industry, engineering and corporate governance experience. The President wishes Mabuza well in his future endeavours and his existing leadership roles in various sectors of the economy,” he said.