Leading the charge to clean up Eskom is chairman Jabu Mabuza, a straight-talking entrepreneur who started his career as a taxi driver and a man fully aware of what's at stake. Having recently turned 60, Mabuza's own focus has switched from accumulating to serving – apart from chairing Eskom, he also holds the same position at Business Leadership South Africa.
Mabuza’s appointment was an important part of the new broom wielded by Pravin Gordhan, South Africa’s corruption-fighting minister of public enterprises who returned to the national cabinet when new president Cyril Ramaphosa took office in January.
Gordhan was twice dumped as finance minister by former president Jacob Zuma, most famously in a midnight reshuffle last March when the last remaining bulwarks against rampant corruption were removed by then president Jacob Zuma.
Instead of leaving politics, Gordhan spent the next ten months as a back bencher – keeping up pressure on the plunderers with a starring role in numerous Parliamentary inquisitions...
Now back on the saddle, he’s certainly not holding back. Gordhan was on hand to add his comments at the Eskom gathering. The former head of SA Revenue Services is also not in a forgiving mood...certainly not to McKinsey whose new global head Kevin Sneader, then only a week in office, made a special trip to South Africa three weeks ago to say he’s sorry. The apology, apparently, was not accepted.