In other Eskom news, Trevor Manuel, the former finance minister and planning minister, is being tipped by several ANC and government sources to be the next chief executive, according to the Mail & Guardian.

Manuel, according to sources, is preferred by government officials who seek to promote independent power producers and push for the sale of some of Eskom’s power stations to private investors.

“[Manuel] has not applied for the job, but those who are lobbying for him are talking to senior ANC leaders including [deputy president] Cyril Ramaphosa to consider him,” said one government official who asked not to be named.

“They [Manuel’s lobby group] want Eskom to sell some of its power stations to private entities [to get the company out of its financial crisis]. The only person who can successfully drive that programme is [Manuel].”

Other candidates include public enterprises director general Tshediso Matona and Eskom’s group executive for group capital Dan Marokane. The two are said to be favoured by another lobby group based at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters.

Eskom has been without a permanent chief executive since the departure of Brian Dames in March this year.

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has promised to appoint a new boss in a few weeks’ time.

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