The electric company said Monday that Eskom’s former chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer, who retired as chief operating officer in April and has since overseen major projects, will leave the quasi-government at the end of this month.
Eskom announced that the utility and its former chief operating officer “will be parting ways by mutual agreement.”
Oberholzer’s departure from the South African power utility comes after seven months out of service resignation Eskom CEO André de Ruyter in December 2022. De Ruyter was set to quit his job in March 2023, but was released from Eskom “with immediate effect” after Explosive interview Concerning political interference and corruption in the besieged electricity utility.
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In February, Eskom announced Calib Cassim as its interim CEO while it searched for a new boss.
Eskom announces the departure of Mr. Jan Oberholzer pic.twitter.com/mN2uBJGwgA
– Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (Eskom_SA) July 17, 2023
Oberholzer retired as Eskom’s chief operating officer on April 30 this year, but signed an agreement with the energy utility to remain in a new position to oversee projects aimed at helping South Africa out of its power rut. He was appointed to the position of COO in mid-2018.
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According to Eskom, the former COO was “on a fixed-term contract to provide support for the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant Long Term Operation (LTO) and Kusile Power Station projects.”
in meeting with EE business intelligence In May, Oberholzer said 2023 will continue to be a difficult year in terms of blackouts, but there should be a significant easing of load shedding intensity by early 2024, following repairs at the Kusile and Medupi power plants, and the 20-year renovation of Koeberg.
Earlier on Monday, during a Press conference on security issues On the implementation of the Energy Action Plan, Electricity Minister Kgosientho Ramokgopa said he was “very, very, very concerned” that the Koeberg renovation is behind schedule – which will result in continued daily power outages until 2024.
You requested a more detailed report [on Koeberg]”The more indication we get of what the issues are, the more we are very anxious,” Ramukjupa said.
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He said he was scheduled to visit the nuclear power plant last week to get an update on progress, but had to postpone his visit because he had other urgent matters.
Ramukjupa said he would prioritize this week’s visit, as it was “a matter of urgency”. DM