Eskom says it has successfully concluded the Section 189 process for its top executive structure, essentially reducing the number of positions in the organisation.

According to the utility the decision to revise its executive structure will set a new course for the organisation to be cost-effective, efficient and sustainable.

Group Chief Executive Phakamani Hadebe notes that while the process was not an easy one the patience and support of all those who worked to conclude matters as efficiently as possible was appreciated.

“We have managed to reduce the number of F-Band positions from a total of 21 to 9 by way of regrading or combining roles,” Hadebe explains.

“The new structure, along with our strategy sets us on a path towards stability, and with an executive team that is refocused on improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs to improve profitability and drive the economy forward,” he adds.

Accountability for profit and loss

The Group Executives for the Generation, Distribution, Transmission and Group Capital now reflect full accountability for profit and loss within each of the core businesses, which is a key strategic imperative to drive Eskom’s return to profitability.

CEO reports

According to the utility the new structure has reduced the number of direct reports for the Group Chief Executive to 10 in the short-term, which will reduce to eight when IT and procurement are relinked back to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in the foreseeable future.

In addition, all senior general manager roles, which were a person to holder roles, have been eliminated.

These 10 direct reports comprising operations, finance and services, human resources, legal and compliance, corporate strategy and support, audit and forensic, corporate affairs, group company secretariat, IT and procurement will report directly to the Group Chief Executive.

COO reports

Distribution, group capital, transmission, risk and sustainability, Eskom Enterprises and ERI, and Africa Strategy will report to the Chief Operations Officer (COO).