Eskom has appointed seasoned journalist Sikonathi Mantshantsha as its national spokesperson, seeking to improve its public image.
“His appointment is a firm step from our side to strengthen our efforts to improve Eskom’s image, to add another layer of success to our media response strategies in order to be more direct and proactive when engaging with media and other interest groups,” Eskom CEO André de Ruyter said in a statement.
Mantshantsha has worked in the media since 2004, starting as the chief editorial researcher at Media24, he later joined FinWeek and Fin24.com as a financial journalist for five years, Eskom said.
In 2015, Mantshantsha was promoted to money and investment editor and later became the deputy editor of the Financial Mail, where he remained until June 2019. In July 2019, he was appointed the associate director of the Daily Maverick & Scorpio.
Mantshantsha, a fierce critic of Eskom in recent years, has become known in journalism circles for his probing questions at Eskom media briefings.
The power utility has been without a permanent spokesperson since the resignation of Khulu Phasiwe in April 2019.