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Numsa condemns secretive signing up of the new Eskom chief

16 July 2008, Posted in Press Releases

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) condemns the appointment of former giant mining boss Bobby Godsell to head beleaguered Eskom as “a step too far backward” for real transformation. 

State Enterprise‘s mandating processes and proper consultations were overlooked in appointing him as chairman of Eskom to replace former cabinet minister Valli Moosa, Numsa believes. It’s therefore outright roguish and sneaking the way it (appointment) was done.

Similarly, as it forces us to seek more explanations, it most certainly infringes on Cosatu and alliance summit positions regarding state institution deployment principles, emphasizing consultations and racial equity.

And this convinced us as a major labour stakeholder that the appointment has been kept a top secret only to advance the secretive agenda of some cock-eyed scheming forces.

The fact that Public Enterprise Ministry remains cagey about Godsell‘s

When other counterpart union leaders in Eskom welcomed his employment it left us wondering why Godsell was head-hunted for this position in the first place as if there were significant revolutionary objectives and radical democratic changes that he initiated in the private business that could have impelled others to consider signing him up.

It also surprised Numsa that broad transformation and employment equity tenets were seemingly ignored willy-nilly.

Numsa wishes to express its disquiet that other energetic and innovative entrepreneurs were seemingly overlooked which would have ensured that other transformational executives with fresh ideas contributed urgently needed turnaround strategies to revitalize the embattled power utility.

Just like other stakeholders, including traditionally democratic organizations which saluted his appointment, for which Eskom authorities have blind trust, so we demand an explanation as to what value- adds the appointment will bring to our fledgling economy.


For more information contact:-

Mziwakhe Hlangani, Numsa national spokesman

Cell Phone: 082 9407116

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