Marokane ‘will be judged on frequency, intensity of load shedding’

Marokane ‘will be judged on frequency, intensity of load shedding’

Energy expert Ruse Moleshe says the unbundling of Eskom will be somewhere near the top of new CEO Dan Marokane's to-do list.

A broken lightbulb as the Eskom logo
A broken lightbulb as the Eskom logo/X/@BrendtLindeque

Marokane officially began his five-year tenure at Eskom on Friday.

The Eskom board and the public will closely monitor him during his first 100 days in office.

This as the country continues to experience crippling power cuts daily.

National energy regulator NERA approved the issuing of a licence to the National Transmission Company of South Africa to operate a transmission system in June last year.

Eskom’s unbundling process will see the power utility restructured into three separate units: generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity.

Moleshe said Marokane needs to ensure there is an improvement in the performance of the utility’s power plants.

“The restructuring process that is happening now, Eskom Holdings is looking at deregulation where the generation unit, transmission division and distribution division are looking to be set apart,” said Moleshe.

“There are many facets that ensure that the executive continues to be supported to doing the critical maintenance that they need to do, the leadership is retained, there are skilled people that are available, the budget is sufficient, it all refers to a conducive environment so that performance can take place.

“I think it will be important for the new CEO to look at the financial sustainability and turnaround plan for Eskom, especially regarding the issues around diesel.”


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