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Johannesburg – Johnny Dladla has been appointed as the acting Eskom Group Chief Executive with immediate effect, the power utility announced on Thursday.

Dladla's appointment follows the axing of Brian Molefe last month after Minister Lynne Brown instructed the board to rescind his controversial reappointment.

She then instructed the board to provide her with two names within the executive (at Eskom) to act as CE.

Eskom, in a statement, said the announcement followed intense consultations between the minister and the board "to arrive at a prudent choice".

“Dladla has sufficient skills to excel in this role. He has 22 years of experience within the Eskom, 17 years invested in various non-regulated businesses and 5 years as Chief Executive Officer for Eskom Enterprises and its subsidiaries,” said acting board chairperson Zethembe Khoza.

"Throughout these roles, he has demonstrated sterling leadership which manifested itself in his turnaround strategies."

Brown also commented on the appointment, saying: “I welcome the appointment of Mr Dladla as it will bring further stability to Eskom and its executive team.”

Dladla, a chartered marketer, previously worked at BHP Billiton as well as South African Breweries (SAB).