Gordhan confirms Dan Marokane as new Eskom CEO

Dan Marokane has been appointed new Eskom CEO. File picture

Dan Marokane has been appointed new Eskom CEO. File picture

Published Dec 8, 2023


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed the appointment of Dan Marokane as CEO of Eskom, ending a year-long search for the power utility’s new boss.

Marokane, who previously worked as an executive at Eskom, will assume his duties before the end of March next year.

He is currently the CEO of the troubled Tongaat-Hulett.

He takes up the position that was left vacant by Andre de Ruyter, who resigned in December last year. De Ruyter had made claims of massive looting at Eskom and the involvement of senior political figures in corruption.

Making the announcement on Friday the Department of Public Enterprises said Marokane was a seasoned executive.

“He has experience working in distressed organisations with visible and pressurised turnaround mandates. His recent assignment is at Tongaat-Hulett where he stepped up to lead this financially distressed business when its Group Chief Executive resigned. Marokane was a senior manager in Eskom from 2010 to 2015, holding various senior positions including head of Group Capital in Eskom.

“Marokane was one of four senior managers suspended during the state capture period. He subsequently resigned and went into the private sector. Mandatory checks, which include criminal and credit checks, verification of identity, qualifications, directorships, and establishment of conflicts of interest were completed,” said the department.

Eskom also said Marokane has an in-depth knowledge of Eskom’s operations as he worked there before.

Marokane said he will focus on the recovery plan of the power utility.

“It is an honour to be chosen to lead Eskom at this critical juncture in its history. I look forward to working with the leadership team, Eskom Board, the shareholder and other key stakeholders to accelerate implementation of the Generation Recovery Plan, the creation of transmission capacity as well as other critical Eskom priorities and chart a path to a sustainable future for Eskom. If it is to be, it is up to us,” said Marokane.

The Department of Public Enterprises said 409 people had applied for the position of CEO at Eskom and 12 candidates were shortlisted.