Breaking News: Eskom’s New Board Members Announced

Breaking News

  • South Africa’s Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, held a media briefing this afternoon to announced the appointment of a new board for Eskom. 

The new Eskom Board members are:

  1. Mpho Makwana is the new chair – he previously served as an acting Eskom CEO and was described by Gordhan as a casualty of the state capture era.
  2. Busisiwe Vilakazi has a BPhil in engineering science from Oxford University. She’s head of research innovation at SITA.
  3. Lwazi Goqwana  has a background in manufacturing, construction, financial services, logistics, and energy. He previously worked in the dept of roads and public works and is CEP at ISG. Since 2019 – 2021 he was on the ministerial task team improvements & recommendations for Eskom.
  4. Mthetho Nyathi has a degree in mechanical engineering and was chief executive of MTN SA. He served in IBM and Microsoft for many years, as well as group CEO at Altron.
  5. Leslie Mkhabela is an attorney, experienced in the restructuring of state-owned assets. She was involved in the attempted establishment of EBI Holdings. She is “familiar with some of the issues confronted in that process”, Gordhan said.
  6. Fatima Gany is a chartered accountant operating within financial sector in various capacities, as well as in businesses that have operated in the middle east and across the African continent.
  7. Ayanda Mafuleka is a chartered accountant and CEO of Fasset, with experience implementing strategic direction that SETA has set. Mafukela is also the former CEO of the national credit regulator.
  8. Tsakani Mthombeni is a “young person but an old timer in energy”, with experience in mining giants Gold Fields and Anglo American. In the former, Mthombeni’s role was ensuring mining operations across four continents adapt to climate change; at Anglo American, he was a senior engineer.
  9. Claudelle von Eck is a change management expert.
  10. Tryphosa Romano is a chartered accountant whose experience includes overseeing the assets and liabilities of National Treasury and being CFO at PPC.
  11. Bheki Ntshalintshali was previously general secretary of Cosatu.
  12. Clive le Roux was chief nuclear officer at Eskom, having had key roles at Koeberg and Matimba. Le Roux has been helping Eskom in the last ten years but is now retired. He was a member of the team of experienced engineers familiar with the Eskom plant.
  13. Rod Crompton is director of the Energy Leadership Centre at Wits Business School. He has experience in policy, strategy and economic regulation in the energy sector.

Gordhan explained that the future of Eskom CEO, André de Ruyter and other executives, would be determined by the new board.

More to follow,

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


  1. Another recycling process by the ANC. Nothing new. The disaster continues. South African voters are the most gullible in the world, including their best brains. Cry the beloved country.

    • South Africa is done and dusted I’m afraid and this country will be blacked out completely. It’s a matter of time now.

      • What was the process in filling the board member positions I wonder? Was it who owes ANC favours, people who are yes people to the ANC? People wanting de Ruyter out who has brought in money owed to Eskom, got rid of those undesirables hired by Eskom and still trying to do so with tied hands? ANC govt again thinking SA people are dumb.

    • ………..…………………………………………………………,,…..Think of nothing on the practice of doing,,, and Hands ON , Know HOW , Running of a NOW MONSTOSITY ,,, People with “Soft” hands just WONT turn ESCOM!

  2. History repeats. Read Isaiah 6:8 to 13 to understand what is happening. Ramaphosa gave this passage when he took over as leader.

  3. Ayesha Itzkin on

    Great choice of competent persons. There’s hope for ESKOM from the Board that will be required to deal with all manner of destabilizing attempts

  4. Rishi Hansrajh on

    Hopefully this New Board is competent enough to steer Eskom out of the mess of the ANCs cadet deployment. The feeding frenzy by fake struggle credentials who only want to enrich themselves and has not got the country or its people at heart.

  5. Can everyone in our beautiful country please just do their jobs at which they are appointed at. Stop trying to enrich yourself and start serving, then we can all do our part in rebuilding our wonderful SA

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