In 1988, John Maree chaired the electricity council, which determined Eskom’s policy, planning and objectives and generally controlled the utility’s activities. It also appointed the management board. Unlike the newly appointed 12-member Eskom board chaired by Jabu Mabuza, the council had 20 members comprised of representatives of large electricity customer groups and independent experts appointed for their specialist knowledge in, for example, finance, industrial relations and technology. Eskom’s priorities for 1988 included investigating privatisation; performance management; staffing, people development and quality circles; planning, budgeting and performance indicators; and internal communication. In preparation for privatisation, study groups comprising Eskom executives and consultants from the private sector were formed. Areas covered included legal aspects, human capital issues, options regarding structure and the implications of privatisation for financing and tariffs.In 201...

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