Collin Matjila will take over as Eskom acting chief executive with effect from 1 April 2014 as Brian Dames will be leaving the company at the end of March 2014.

Matjila is currently a member of the Eskom board, and will return to his position as a non-executive director once a substantive CEO has been appointed. The board took the considered 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.

The process for the appointment of the new chief executive is currently underway and will be finalised as soon as possible, Eskom said in a statement. An executive search agency has been appointed to assist the board in finding a suitable candidate for this position.

“We have a great responsibility and contribution to make towards improving the lives of all South Africans and I have no doubt that we have the depth of leadership and skills to deliver on this mandate in an effective manner,” said Eskom board chairman Zola Tsotsi.

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