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André de Ruyter resigns as Eskom CEO

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André de Ruyter has resigned as CEO of state power utility Eskom amid South Africa’s worsening power supply crisis and fragile electricity grid News24 reports.

According to the report, De Ruyter informed Eskom’s chairperson Mpho Makwana about his resignation earlier this week, who relayed the information to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan.

De Ruyter, who was appointed CEO of Eskom in December 2019, has previously threatened to resign, early on in his stint at the power utility.

His resignation follows Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s attack on Eskom last week, who said the power utility was attempting to overthrow the government by failing to end load shedding, which first started over 15 years ago.

Mantashe said Eskom was “actively agitating for the overthrow of the state” with continued implementation of load shedding.

Before joining Eskom, De Ruyter had a 30-year career spanning across various sectors both locally and internationally, as well as in various roles in the energy industry. He has experience in the management of coal, oil, chemical and gas business.

His departure also puts pressure on Eskom which has already been seen a slew of top talent leave the entity and has been struggling from a dearth of much-needed critical skills such as energy generation.

Attempts to reach De Ruyter and Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha were unsuccessful.

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