JOHANNESBURG - The Black Business Council on Tuesday wished Jabu Mabuza well in his interim dual roles at Eskom, saying he would ensure the stability and continuity that the state-owned power utility desperately needed.
Public enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Monday that Mabuza, who has been Eskom's non-executive chairman since January 2018, would serve as acting group chief executive for the debt-ridden company for three months beginning on August 1.
Outgoing chief executive Phakamani Hadebe leaves the post on Wednesday after he resigned in May, saying the excessive demands of the job had adversely affected his health.
"Eskom, which is under severe operational and financial pressures, is too important for South Africa to fail and it currently needs the stability and continuity that Jabu Mabuza would bring," BBC president Sandile Zungu said on Tuesday.
"Ideally an acting person should come from amongst the executives, but the current EXCO members have got more than enough load in their current positions to carry an extra burden."