January 15, 2020 / 4:45 PM / a month ago

Makgoba appointed interim chair at South Africa's Eskom

An Eskom logo is seen at the entrance of their head offices in Sunninghill, Sandton, file REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Public Enterprises Ministry said on Wednesday that Malegapuru William Makgoba had been appointed interim chairman of struggling state-owned power utility Eskom, after the resignation of Jabu Mabuza last week.

Makgoba is a scientist and academic who joined the Eskom board as a non-executive director in 2018, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the government was “going through the process of putting in place a reconfigured board”.

Mabuza resigned after failing to prevent power cuts over Christmas and New Year.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Alison Williams

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