Eskom board chair Jabu Mabuza has finally bowed out  from the board of the power utility a day after Deputy President David Mabuza said the board misled President Cyril Ramaphosa on load-shedding.

Jabu who Friday gave in his letter of resignation apologised for Eskom’s inability to meet the commitment it made to the president.


Pravin Gordhan  who is the minister of public enterprise officially accepted Mabuza’s resignation from the position he had been in since 2018.

President Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to Mr Mabuza for serving Eskom and the nation during a challenging period and has commended Mr Mabuza for taking responsibility and accepting accountability for events under his leadership.

Mabuza’s resignation letter: READ IN FULL

10 January 2020

Your Excellency, Mr President.

Honorable Deputy President,

Honorable Minister,

I led the Eskom Board and Executives in a meeting with your Honorable selves on the 9th of December 2019. The meeting was to appraise you with the plant performance that had led to stage 6 load-shedding, leading to you, inter alia, shortening your visit to Egypt. It was to share with you what we planned to do to ensure that the risk of load-shedding is eliminated during the holidays. We presented plans that I had accepted as the actions we were going to take to ensure that by 13 January 2020 our UCLF is no more than 9500MW. The risks were equally highlighted.

You accepted our plans and on the strength of those plans you announced to the Nation that there would be no load-shedding till 13 January.

On Saturday, 4th of January 2020 we implemented Stage 2 load-shedding on the back of other unforeseen breakdowns.

In the circumstance, the promise you gave to the Nation on the reliance you placed on our plans was not met. For this, Mr President to you, the Deputy President, the Minister, I apologise.

Accordingly, I offer my immediate resignation as the Leader and Chairman of Eskom.


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