Chairperson not removed, says Eskom

Chairperson not removed, says Eskom

2015-03-25 19:15

Johannesburg - Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsotsi has not been removed, the power utility said on Wednesday.

Eskom media desk was responding to questions on a report that the four executives, suspended earlier this month, were not suspended because they initiated an audit of the parastatal's tender processes.

On Wednesday Reuters reported that sources within Eskom said board members were set to vote on whether to remove Tsotsi amid a deepening a leadership crisis.

READ: Eskom's Tsotsi faces vote of no confidence

"No, the chairperson was quite clear at the media briefing two weeks ago in explaining the suspensions took place so that an independent inquiry into the business could be commissioned," the media desk said.

Business Day reported that the four senior executives, including chief executive Tshediso Matona, were suspended a week after they had initiated an audit into Eskom's tender processes.

The media desk confirmed that it had received a notice from Matona that he would challenge his suspension in the Labour Court.

Inquiry not investigation

On March 12, Tsotsi said that four senior Eskom executives were asked to step aside as the power utility embarked on a fact-finding inquiry.

At the time he told reporters: "To ensure that this process is as transparent and uninhibited as possible, the board has also resolved that four of its senior executives, including the chief executive, should step down for the duration of this inquiry."

READ: Battling Medupi will be fully operational in 2015 - Ramaphosa

"There is no intent or suspicion of wrongdoing, there are no charges against them. There is no malice, there is no wrongdoing that is under consideration."

The other three are finance director Tsholofelo Molefe, group capital executive Dan Morokane and commercial and technology executive Matshela Koko.

Tsotsi said they were asked to step down in the interest of achieving results.

It was important to note that it was an inquiry, not an investigation, into the poor performance of generation plants, delays in bringing plants on-stream, the high costs of primary energy, and cash-flow problems.

Eskom not in crisis

On Wednesday, Business Day reported that at the beginning of March Eskom published a notice on its website asking for a panel of audit firms to submit tenders for a review of its tendering processes for transactions more than R300m.

In recent months, Eskom has battled to keep the lights on since the collapse of one of its coal storage silos, diesel shortages, and maintenance issues.

On March 12, Tsotsi said the "critical" process would not last longer than three months. There was no hidden agenda behind the inquiry, but the board needed to establish a baseline of where Eskom was.

READ: Eskom shuts down Medupi over strike action

The inquiry would be independent and conducted by external parties who would be chosen in the next week.

Non-executive board member Zethembe Khoza would assume the position of interim chief executive, while non-executive board members who would support Khoza were Nonkululeko Veleti in finance, Abram Masango in group capital, and Edwin Mabelane in commercial and technology.

Tsotsi said the inquiry would ensure that the "situation faced by Eskom improved as expeditiously as possible".

Responding to a question on why he did not step down, Tsotsi said: "I wish I had the time for us to sit down and really talk about this.... There is nothing as misunderstood as the issue of where this company is today and where it comes from."

He reiterated that Eskom was not in a crisis.

  • Sabelo Sabz Hlubelikhulu Mcondobi - 2015-03-25 19:24

    He must be removed immediately

      sunblock - 2015-03-25 19:37

      Eskom is not in a crisis? My, they protesteth too much. Ai.

      Godfrey Welman - 2015-03-25 19:44


      Geoff Skelton - 2015-03-25 20:00

      it will take a while, please give them a chance. They need a fork-lift truck to shift his wallet first.

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-25 20:18

      Having the surname Tsotsi does not help Eksdom

      Naas Viljoen - 2015-03-26 08:06

      All incompetent cadres will be protected as far as possible.

  • Tyronne Panaino - 2015-03-25 19:31

    Go figure. No surprise there.

  • Jan Vandam - 2015-03-25 19:32

    Why the bloody hell not

  • POPEYE - 2015-03-25 19:33

    Lies lies lies lies lies lies lies lies I do not belief one word that comes from Eskom.

  • Wisema Nzima - 2015-03-25 19:36

    He wont..mark my words..

  • Barrie Naylor - 2015-03-25 19:37

    Tsotsi and a friend of Teflon Zuma so his job is secured, then I am going into the candle manufacturing business - the future looks bright there, without Eskom power.

  • Marco Fourie - 2015-03-25 19:41

    And he was previously DG of public works? Wonder if he is implicated in the mess there? I WONDER

  • Mike Gooderson Lovatt - 2015-03-25 19:44

    Must be tiring for these clowns to put on makeup every morning before going to "work"

  • Kelvin Phiri - 2015-03-25 19:47

    Eskom is full of politics because of tsotsi

  • Wisema Nzima - 2015-03-25 19:56

    Eskom...thats why

  • Kagiso Tshweu - 2015-03-25 19:59

    listened to Mr Tsotsi's interview right after the announcement of the suspensions. To be honest the man lacks leadership, he was all over the place when answering questions, evasive to questions that required simple answers. I am not convinced he is the right candidate to chair Eskom, i believe he is one the reasons to find ourselves where we are at the moment. Totally no entegrity whatsoever

  • FanieBrink5 - 2015-03-25 20:09

    Fire die bliksem!!

  • jane.dawson.165 - 2015-03-25 20:45

    Could it be a case of Tsotsi by name. Tsotsi by nature?

  • Kevin McManus - 2015-03-25 21:08

    Sadly the chairman wouldn't know a crisis if it slapped him in the face like a wet fish. Luckily the public are not fools, despite what this clown thinks.

  • Jared de Vallier - 2015-03-26 00:00

    Because he's doing such a great job?

  • Enos N Mulovhedzi - 2015-03-26 01:29

    this tsotsi guy will do more harm than good at eskom .pls get him out as soon.hes name says it all.hes a dubious character

  • Gordon Brian Mcintosh - 2015-03-26 03:05

    WHY when eskom is still not functioning start from the top

  • Fanie Nagel - 2015-03-26 07:10


  • James N Catherine Coackley - 2015-03-26 09:31

    That Tsotsi fella looks a lot like that Bill Cosby with the unshaven look this morning. Anyway I would like to publicly commend Eskom on this forum for keeping the value of the rand was on the rise a bit yesterday until the fiasco at Meduppi and the implementation of Stage 2 blackouts that came about due to it. Too bad the ANC still wants to be buddies with them thar union guys eh! Anyway...keep up the fine job as I need my US dollars to be 12 to 1 to the rand as I'm looking at a new car and would prefer one with a big V8 in it!

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