11 April 2017 Read: 410
The GTM announced the appointment of a new Director for their Electrical Engineering Department at the start of the month. Moswatse “Sam” Lelope, who was acting chief of this department since the resignation of Mr Pierre van den Heever in July last year, was appointed into his new role on the 31st of March.
Lelope was previously employed at the GTM as the Operations and Maintenance Manager. He occupied this position for 17 years. Prior to joining the GTM, he worked at the Palabora Mining Company (PMC) in Phalaborwa from 1992 as an Anode and Reverb Attendant, until 2000 as an Electrical Specialist.
His qualifications include a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) Electrical Engineering which he obtained from the University of Johannesburg in 1994.
Lelope has been at the centre of the current electrical crisis in the Tzaneen and Letsitele areas over the last few months and his appointment has raised some eyebrows among certain groups within the agricultural fraternity.
It is not entirely clear at this stage whether other candidates for the position were interviewed, or what their qualifications were. Nor is it clear whether Lelope possesses all the necessary documentation in compliance to the Health and Safety Act, to warrant his new position. Will he be the man to spearhead a complete overhaul of the ailing infrastructure and finally restore power to the community?
Bulletin has asked the GTM for an interview with Mr Lelope, but at the time of going to print we have had no feedback from them.