South Africa’s Eskom Chair resigns after power cuts during holiday season

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South Africa’s Eskom Chair resigns after power cuts during holiday season

On Friday, the 10th of January 2020, Chairman of the South African’s cash-strapped state-backed power and utility firm Eskom, Jabu Mabuza had stepped down citing his failure to prevent power cuts during the Christmas and New Year holidays, the office of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, said in a statement on Friday (January 10th).

In point of fact, amid a lack of mid-life maintenance of its power grids and a squeezed supply of government funds, South Africa’s state-owned power and utility firm, Eskom had been grappling with severe nationwide power cuts over the recent years including a number of bursts last year that led to the failure of some of its units alongside sporadic bursts again this week, though the crisis-hit utility firm had pledged earlier on December 11th in Johannesburg that there would be no power cuts in the holiday seasons.

Aside from that, questions were raised on Eskom’s ability to provide fully-fledged services over the coming years after a slew of power grid failures took place despite lack of electricity demands, as many factories alongside businesses were shut down during the holiday seasons.

Meanwhile, citing a sweeping reform of Eskom, President Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement on Friday (January 10th), “In the wake of Mr Mabuza’s resignation, government will soon announce a re-configured Eskom board with the appropriate mix of electricity industry, engineering and corporate governance experience. ”