11 Dec

UASA Media Release: 11 December 2023

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Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA welcomes the appointment of Daniel Leseja Marokane as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at state-owned enterprise (SOE) Eskom. Marokane, who is expected to join the entity by 31 March 2024, is the current acting CEO of sugar producer Tongaat-Hulett.

UASA is pleased that Marokane has prior experience and knowledge of Eskom, as he was head of the entity’s group capital a few years back.

Taking over from interim group CEO Calib Cassim, we hope that Marokane will continue the fight to root out corruption and maladministration in Eskom to ensure transparency and proper functioning of the enterprise.

The effects of load shedding on South Africa’s economic production, unemployment and the livelihood of fellow South Africans are of significant concern, given the aftermath of the disruptions and unpredictability of energy supply. The energy crisis reduced workers’ shifts as companies had to align their productivity with power availability, resulting in many salary cuts. As some companies had to close their doors, increased crime in communities also took a toll on local businesses and the safety of people.

We hope Marokane’s appointment will set Eskom on a new path in the New Year, bringing viable and sustainable solutions to tackle the energy crisis. We must ensure that economic recovery and excellence are a reality in 2024, and one way to achieve this goal is to ensure that we overcome the energy crisis.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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