There’s been a critical change in the board of utility company Eskom, with Mpho Makwana taking over as the new chair.
South Africa’s minister of public enterprise, Pravin Gordhan, announced the new appointment on Friday. The minister also spelt out the expectations before the new board, which includes addressing load-shedding and fighting corruption.
Makwana is no newbie at Eskom. He had previously served in the company in a non-executive director position between 2002 and 2011
He isn’t the only one who has returned to the Eskom fold to assist the company. Over ten other Eskom veterans have returned to the fold to help the company as it repositions itself to serve South Africans.
Eskom is vitally important in South Africa’s energy industry. And with the sporadic load-shedding, South Africans are particularly interested in what impact his appointment would have on the industry.
Not surprising, the reactions on social media and elsewhere have been mixed. While some tweeps expressed the hope that the new chair would provoke much-needed changes, others said they could only watch and see. And yet others think Mpho Makwana is not the right man for the job.
It remains to be seen what impact Mpho Makwana will ultimately have as the new chair.