Collin Matjila has been appointed as Eskom’s acting CEO from the 1st of April 2014 to replace Brian Dames who is leaving the company on 31 March 2014. Matjila is currently a member of the Eskom board. He is the former chairman of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Upon the appointment of the substantive CEO Matjila will return to his position as a non-executive director of the Eskom board.

The board took the view that while the company’s executives are sufficiently competent for this position, their pressing priority is managing the highly constraint electricity system.  The executives are however eligible and free to apply for the full-time position.

Chairman of the Eskom board Zola Tsotsi says, “Matjila’s experience as chairman of Nersa at some stage in his career and also as one of the current members of the Eskom board whilst also being the Chairman of the Eskom board tender committee for almost three years stands him in good stead for this role.”

An executive search agency has been appointed to assist the board in finding a suitable candidate for the utility’ CEO position.

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