The Race Debate Over New Eskom CEO is All Wrong, Says BLSA Top Exec

The conversation and polarising debate around the recently announced new chief executive of Eskom was all wrong, Business Leadership South Africa’s Busisiwe Mavuso said on Tuesday night.

It was announced this week that Andre de Ruyter would be the man entrusted with keeping the lights on at the power utility when he begins his tenure next year.

His appointment has come with a mixed bag of reactions, with most unions unhappy, while some business organisations and political parties have welcomed the appointment made by the Eskom board after a stringent recruitment process.

He was implored to hit the ground running.

Speaking at a Gordon Institute for Business Schools event in Illovo on Tuesday, Mavuso said in a country where racial tensions were simmering, the country was having the wrong debate about de Ruyter.