Load-Shedding: Eskom Boss Andre de Ruyter Spurns Calls To Resign
With news making the rounds of another round of load-shedding by Eskom, and with many across South Africa calling Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter to resign his position, the man in the middle of the storm has made it clear he’s not stepping down of his own accord.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Black Business Council have been the most vocal in the call for de Ruyter to resign.
The NUM pointed out that Eskom had promised address the issue of load-shedding in 18 months but failed to meet its target.
Reacting to the calls, though, during a briefing on Tuesday, the energy boss had stated that there has been no conversation between him and the Eskom board on a possible exit as CEO of the state-owned energy giant. He also made it he won’t resign of his own accord.
He used the analogy of flogging a dead horse and also changing its jockey, insisting that it wouldn’t solve the problem. He recalled a time when Eskom had 11 CEOs, stating that contributed to the instability of the parastatal – something that should be avoided this time.
By the way, a syndicate has reportedly been ribbing Eskom off R100 in petrol monthly.