Eskom’s Head of Power Generation Resigns Amid Extended Loadshedding Cycle

  • Eskom has announced that its Group Executive for Generation, Phillip Dukashe, has resigned and will leave at the end of the month.
  • Dukashe cited the critical need to achieve a balance for the benefit of his health, family and work responsibilities as the main reason for his departure from the state owned energy utility.
  • He had been in the position from April 2021

Mr Phillip Dukashe. Image credit: Ntshebele

South Africa is exposed to regular bouts of loadshedding due to a critical shortage of new power generation and a heavy reliance on a fleet of ageing coal fired power stations. Earlier today Eskom implemented stage 2 loadshedding and reports that they currently have 3 049MW on planned maintenance, while another 15 762MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns. Eskom has a total generation capacity of 44000MW. This means that nearly half of their generation capacity is currently down. Read more

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Eskom assures the public that Phillip leaves behind a competent team to ensure sustainability of the Generation Division. Rhulani Mathebula will act in the interim as the Group Executive for Generation while the recruitment process is initiated. Rhulani is a seasoned Power Station General Manager and had acted as Group Executive Generation prior to Phillip’s appointment.

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“We salute Phillip for his rich legacy of selfless leadership, integrity and excellence in serving Eskom and the country for the past 26 years and for always standing up and doing what is right and honourable,” said Eskom in a press statement.

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