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05/06/2018 11:43 SAST | Updated 05/06/2018 13:41 SAST

Status Update: In Just 3 Months, Pravin Gordhan Has Wielded The Sledgehammer At SOEs

Here's the lowdown on the progress made by the new public enterprises minister.

Pravin Gordhan is sworn in as Minister of Public Enterprises in Cape Town, South Africa, February 27, 2018.
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Pravin Gordhan is sworn in as Minister of Public Enterprises in Cape Town, South Africa, February 27, 2018.

With just over three months in office, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has taken the sledgehammer to boards and higher management of embattled state-owned enterprises in a bid to root out corruption and elements of state capture.

Gordhan's turnaround strategy includes tackling financial, operational and governance challenges at a number of state entities such as Eskom, Transnet, SAA and Denel.

The first step was to address issues of governance.

In January, the appointment of a new board at Eskom was announced. Since then, under its new CEO Phakamani Hadebe, Gordhan has reported steady progress in the stabilisation of the parastatal and a rise in investor confidence.

READ: Is Eskom Finally Turning A Corner?

At SAA, Gordhan appointed a new board and an intervention team to assist management at SA Express. A new board was also appointed at Denel in April.

Then in May, Gordhan cracked the whip at Transnet, appointing an interim board with Popo Molefe as its chairperson.

He gave the new management across all entities a mandate to ensure good governance, accountability and transparency are restored; maintain the necessary independence from management for effective oversight; investigate any allegations of corruption, and review the financial status and ensure financial sustainability.