The power utility’s national spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe, announced his resignation in the early hours of Friday morning, 5 April 2019.
Eskom’s national spokesperson took to a WhatsApp group at about 04:28 to announce his resignation from the power utility on Friday, 5 April 2019. In the group, Phasiwe posted a Bible verse, “2 Timothy 4:6. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Later, he explained the verse as apostle Paul speaking to Timothy in a letter, saying that his time of departure was nearing.
“So is mine. I have tendered my resignation from Eskom, and I’ll leave at the end of this month. I did my best to serve our company and our nation, and I would like to take some time off to relax and recharge, no pun intended. Thank you for the friendship over the years, and I am sure we’ll [meet] in other circles of life, God-willing. Can I hear an Amen!”
He then took to Twitter to announce the news to his followers. He was congratulated on a job well done during the course of his five-year tenure. Twitter user Glen Dukes said, “You did a sterling job under the most difficulties at the utility. Maybe you can take the spin doctor role at the department of agriculture; not much [gets] done there.”
Phasiwe went on to describe his time at the power utility as a ‘war zone’ and revealed that there were no prospects lined up after his departure.
“The going has been very tough for me for the past five years. There has always been a new story every day and all of these things required my attention as the face and word of Eskom.
“Believe it or not, all of this can take a toll on you as a human being, which is why I believe [that] now I needed to take a break.
“After this five-year period, it’s almost like having been through a war zone where you were facing a lot of difficulties and after that period you need to de-stress, debrief and sort of get re-integrated into society,” he said.