Busisiwe Mavuso Resigns from Eskom Board

  • Busisiwe Mavuso, a Non-Executive Director at Eskom, has resigned.
  • This follows Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan informing the directors of Eskom on Tuesday that changes will be made to the board in the next few days.
  • Mavuso has been outspoken in driving a decentralised energy sector narrative and was widely expected to be sacked. 
  • She has also been openly supportive of Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter in his management reforms at the state owned utility. 

On the weekend, the Sunday Times reported that the presidency has met with the public enterprises department to discuss a board reshuffle at the country’s beleaguered state owned energy utility Eskom. These talks are expected to be finalised within the next week, after which president Cyril Ramaphosa should provide the names of his proposed replacement board members.

Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan called an emergency meeting to engage with the current Eskom board. One area of importance to Gordhan is the need to bring experience into key Eskom positions.

“For example, the power station managers are good people, have good technical education, but they do not have experience. Eskom is bringing in some experienced hands to mentor the younger managers,” said Gordhan.

“We have a programme to put such people in place and make sure that the right decisions are made at a power station level. Some of the best people that Eskom has trained are all over the world,” he said.

About Busisiwe Mavuso

Busisiwe is the Chief Operations Officer of Business Leadership South Africa and a member of its board since November 2017. She was previously the Managing Director of the Black Management Forum (BMF), an organisation she was with since May 2009. She has also held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Operations Director at the BMF.  She is a non-executive director on the boards of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), Resultant Finance (a PIC investee company) and BMF Investment (Pty) Ltd. Busi started her career in Finance in 1995 in the Banking Industry and has worked for various companies in industries ranging from training, consulting, telecoms and the healthcare industry (Netcare) over the past 23 years.

Busisiwe is a Chartered Accountant with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership from UNISA SBL; a Postgraduate Qualification in Business Management from GIBS and a BCompt from UNISA. She is 39 years old and is known as an advocate for transformation and people’s development.

Only seven board members remain at Eskom. Link to list of remaining board members HERE 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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