ABN – 01/04/15 – Zola Tsotsi, the non-executive chairman of South Africa’s national power utility Eskom, has resigned after courting controversy for months.
Most recently, Tsotsi was accused of interfering in operational matters following the suspension of four of Eskom’s top executives in March.
Previously he had told reporters that public enterprises minister Lynne Brown was leading a campaign to have him removed from the board.
His resignation was said to be the result of a mutual agreement following deliberation among the board on a motion of no confidence.
Eskom released a statement saying it had appointed Ben Ngubane as acting chairman, adding: “This step, the board believes, will ensure that the power utility can focus on the challenges facing it and sets the utility on a new path to regain the confidence of all stakeholders concerned in ensuring the important work of meeting the energy needs of the country.”