Eskom’s Leadership Tussle: Minister Ramokgopa’s Enhanced Authority on the Horizon

In a swift response to internal pressures, President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly on the verge of resolving the conundrum over the extent of Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa’s authority with Eskom, as per ANC insiders.

The African National Congress (ANC) has signaled that the expansion of Minister Ramokgopa’s powers, a key figure in the battle against load shedding, is nearing finalization. The minister’s push for increased influence was prompted by clashes with Eskom’s board over the timeline to halt rolling blackouts.

ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri conveyed that President Ramaphosa has reassured the party’s top brass of his dedication to swiftly addressing the issue.

“President Ramaphosa has briefed the ANC’s national working committee that Minister Ramokgopa’s request is virtually a settled matter. We’re currently fine-tuning the details, including regulatory concerns and the clarity of institutional roles to prevent any disruption,” Bhengu-Motsiri revealed.

Amid these developments, Minister Ramokgopa is also filling in as acting finance minister while Enoch Godongwana is on leave, prior to attending the pivotal G20–Africa conference in Berlin. The dual capacity of Minister Ramokgopa underscores the urgency of resolving his role at Eskom as South Africa grapples with persistent energy crises.

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