'The Eskom ship is sailing through difficult and choppy waters'

Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe on Friday announced his resignation citing health reasons.

Bongani Bingwa chats to energy analyst Chris Yelland on what this resignation means for the power utility.

Read: Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe resigns

Hadebe's resignation did come as a surprise, but in retrospect, he said he has come under massive pressure over financial, operational, environmental and people issues. I don't think he has ever fully won the confidence of the workforce of Eskom.

Chris Yelland, Energy analyst

He adds that leadership is about inspiring an organisation with a mission, vision and action plan, and he doesn't think that Hadebe had free reign to do that at Eskom.

When business is going right, then politicians stay out of the engine room, but when there are financial issues at the company, then politicians are tempted to get involved and put their hands in the engine room. This constrained his ability to make decisions that are needed. If you don't take your people with you, then you don't succeed.

Chris Yelland, Energy analyst

The Eskom ship is sailing through difficult and choppy waters. At this time, good leadership is absolutely critical because that is the role of leadership to take this ship through choppy waters and take it to calmer waters.

Chris Yelland, Energy analyst

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