The Black Business Council is fuming over Eskom’s recent decision to rotate the post of chief executive among its executives until the position is filled, and want the decision reversed.
Speaking during a press conference yesterday, held specifically to voice this unhappiness, council president Danisa Baloyi said the decision by the power utility to replace Johnny Dladla with Sean Maritz as acting chief executive of the troubled parastatal did not sit well with the council as a “key stakeholder”.
“We urge the board of Eskom to reinstate Dladla immediately and the immediate appointment of the new and capable board of directors. The council believes that the South African government must promote the reform of state-owned enterprises instead of playing musical chairs with the leadership. State-owned enterprises are the pillars of South Africa’s economy; there is greater potential for them to implement radical economic transformation and sustain the country’s long-term economic growth.” she said.
Baloyi said the removal of Dladla was not a good decision for the stability of the organisation and made no sense.
“The position of the council is that we want stability at Eskom. Why remove someone who seems to have calmed the waters. We haven’t heard too much in terms of concerns raised,” she said.
Eskom announced the decision last week to rotate the executives in order to ensure exposure before the position was permanently filled.
Baloyi also said the council urged the government to give Eskom space and to not meddle in the affairs of state-owned enterprises while promoting and rewarding successful management and punishing those who give mediocre performance.
The council’s secretary-general, George Sebulela, said the move by Eskom did not improve the confidence of potential investors – which it badly needs.
“The more you rotate senior executives in the manner in which you do now, the more you unsettle capital,” he said.
Sebulela said the business council was a key stakeholder and government would ignore it at its own peril.