On Wednesday, Eskom announced the appointment of Sikonathi Mantshantsha as its spokesperson.
The former Business Day and Daily Maverick journalist who was often critical of Eskom in his stories replaces Khulu Phasiwe who resigned in April last year.
Bongani Bingwa chats to University of KwaZulu-Natal political analyst Lukhona Mnguni and Mantshantsha to weigh in on the latest Eskom appointment.
If you look at the depository of information that is housed in Mantshantsha, this appointment is a loss to journalism. Is it a gain for Eskom. I don't know if Sikhonathi can keep the lights on, Eskom's problem is to keep the lights on.— Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst - UKZN
He says even though this is a loss for journalism, it is not a weird move as spokespeople from time to time do come from journalism.
Mansthantsha says his appointment is a huge move and he has an obligation to the nation.
I did a job that I had to do, not only for the publications I worked for but for the people of South Africa. I am going to Eskom to do a job for the people of South Africa.— Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Spokesperson - Eskom
Listen below to the full conversation: