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Former chair Ngubane stonewalls at Eskom inquiry

PARLIAMENT, March 7 – Former Eskom chairman Ben Ngubane on Wednesday refused to answer allegations that former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown intervened to stop the suspension of the power utility’s former acting CEO Matshela Koko. Ngubane was grilled by the evidence leader in the inquiry, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara, about witnesses’ claim that he received […]

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Lynne Brown resigns as MP

PARLIAMENT, March 1 – Former South African public enterprises minister Lynne Brown has resigned as a member of Parliament, the office of the governing African National Congress (ANC) chief whip confirmed on Thursday.   “She [Brown] has expressed her gratitude in having served the people of South Africa and thanked the ANC for having given […]

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Appointment of new Eskom CEO a priority – Minister Brown

JOHANNESBURG, December 15 – Public Enterprises minister Lynne Brown said on Friday that the process of appointing a new permanent group chief executive for power utility Eskom was “a priority” and that the finalization of the investigation into suspended executives was of “paramount importance”. This comes as news emerged early on Friday that suspended acting chief […]

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Minister Brown names New Eskom board

JOHANNESBURG, December 8 – The department of public enterprises on Friday, announced that Cabinet approved the new board of South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom on a three-year term, retaining seven of the interim members and two new members. “Cabinet has approved a new Board for Eskom on a three-year term subject to an annual review, and expressed […]

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Eskom’s acting chairman wrongfooted in testimony to parliamentary probe

PARLIAMENT, December 6 – Current acting Eskom chairman Zethembe Khoza on Tuesday made the surprising claim before the parliamentary inquiry into the power utility that former CEO Tshediso Matona was suspended to face charges, directly contradicting earlier testimony by board members that he was not suspected of any wrongdoing. Khoza also failed to explain why […]

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Eskom administrator tells inquiry he insisted Brown be informed of Molefe’s retirement package

PARLIAMENT, December 5  – Eskom administrator Anton Minnaar on Tuesday told the parliamentary inquiry into Eskom that he insisted Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown be informed of the plans to grant former CEO Brian Molefe early retirement shortly after he left the company. “I knew there is risk in this whole thing, and we can see today […]

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Brown denies claims Zuma instructed her to remove Eskom officials

 PARLIAMENT, November 23 – Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown, on Wednesday, denied that she received a phone call from President Jacob Zuma in 2015, instructing her to suspend three Eskom executives, contradicting the explosive evidence of a former company board chair. “I said no, Advocate [Ntuthuzelo] Vanara,” Brown replied wearily when the evidence leader in […]