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South Africa Revamps Power Utility Board to Tackle Energy Crisis

  • Mpho Makwana named as electricity utility’s new chairman
  • Previous Eskom board was lacking in technical expertise
The Kusile coal-fired power station, operated by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., in Delmas, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

The Kusile coal-fired power station, operated by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., in Delmas, Mpumalanga province, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa revamped the board of state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., including naming Mpho Makwana as its new chairman, as the government searches for solutions to end a worsening energy crisis that’s crippling the economy.

Eskom, which supplies more than 90% of the power used in Africa’s most-industrialized economy, has imposed record power cuts this year, despite a program to improve maintenance on its old and unreliable coal-fired plants. The addition of several board members with technical expertise is the latest move by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration to improve its performance.