Claims that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe and the power utility’s board chair Dr. Ben Ngubane pressured a minister to help the Guptas take over the Glencore coal mine were dismissed as “preposterous” by Dr. Ngubane when he addressed the African Utility conference in Cape Town recently.
According to Eskom’s media desk, the allegations came from former mineral resources minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Molefe was scheduled to deliver the keynote address but cancelled – a move that threatened to overshadow the opening of the conference. It would have been Molefe’s first public appearance since he was reinstated as Eskom chief after a short stint as ANC MP.
When asked whether Molefe may possibly be embarrassed given the backlash over the board’s decision to reinstate him, Ngubane said that Molefe was called to parliament. Ngubane also shrugged off calls by the ANC for the Eskom board to be dissolved. He also defended Molefe’s reinstatement despite the backlash it evoked saying Molefe should get credit for saving the country from blackouts.
Ngubane explained Eskom’s objective is still to lower the cost of electricity in the country by paying back the government guarantees and creating significant cost savings. Ngubane told delegates this an opportune time to invest in the region in ways that ensure mutual benefits.
Regional integration in a mutually beneficial manner, however, remains a challenge but Eskom says it is committed to creating capacity building for achieving long-term reliability of Africa’s electricity master plan.
Contact Khulu Phasiwe, Eskom, Tel 011 800-3304, firstname.lastname@example.org
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