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Mpho Makwana

Mpho Makwana was the Acting Chairman of Eskom Holdings Limited and is also acting Chief Executive while the corporation finalized the recruitment  of a new CEO.

He had extensive knowledge of Eskom and its operations.  He had been a Non-Executive Director of the board of directors since July 2002.  He served on the board’s audit committee and its human resources and remuneration committee.  He was invited to serve the Corporation as Acting Chairman and managed Eskom’s business and operational matters in November 2009 following the unexpected resignations of the previous Chairman and the CEO.

He is a management strategist with executive experience in other the public and private sectors.  His areas of specialty include corporate strategy and strategic change management, Corporate governance, human resources management, labour relations, scenario planning and brand management.
His previous experience includes Chief Executive of Saatchi & Saatchi in South Africa and he has served o the South African Boards of the Monitor Group, Ogilvy & Mather, Arabella Sheraton Hotels, Tourvest and the International Marketing Council.  Prior to becoming interim chairman at Eskom he was group executive for corporate affairs at Edcon, one of South Africa’s major retailing groups.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors a fellow of the Institute of People Management, an ambassador of the Future World Network and a member of the Black Management Forum.  He has been a member of the Council of the University of Limpopo and served on the advisory committee for the Premier of Limpopo Province.

Mpho was educated at Pretoria University (BA Admin Hons) and the University of Zululand.  He attended an executive development programme at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, has a post-graduate diploma in retailing management from Stirling University in Scotland and has completed an MBA through Stirling University.