Jabu Mabuza Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Eskom & Resignation

Jabu Mabuza (born February 1985 in Waterval Boven) is a South African businessman and investor. He is the chairperson of the Eskom board and an influential figure in the country.

In January 2018, Jabu was appointed the chairman of Eskom.


Jabu Mabuza biography
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He was born in 1958 Waterval Boven, a small town located on the edge of the Escarpment on the banks of the Elands River, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Jabu lived with his two grandmas following forceful resettlement in the White River on trust land. Later, he moved to live with his aunt in Daveyton.

During his secondary school days, Jabu was expelled from junior secondary school for being caught in the 1976 student protests in Soweto.

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His date of birth is in 1958, he was born in Waterval Boven, South Africa. According to Wikipedia, Jabu Mabuza is 61-62 years old.


Jabu graduated in Durban and attended the University of Limpopo (1981-1982).


He worked as a clerk of the court at the Department of Bantu Affairs, as it was then called. 

He became a cabby for tuition funds while in Daveyton. Later, Jabu owned his cab.

Jabu assisted in founding the Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services in the late 1980s.

After working with the organization for ten (10) years, he became the organization’s CEO in 1990

He was also the group CEO of Tsogo Sun Holdings. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s President, appointed him as the new chairman of Eskom in 2018.

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Jabu became the Acting CEO of ESKOM in 2019, after replacing Phakamani Hadebe at the struggling State Energy utility.


Jabu Mabuza is married to Siphiwe. The couple met in the 1970s on a train on his way to Durban. They have three (3) children.


Mabuza presented his resignation on 10 January 2020. In the letter, he apologised for Eskom’s inability to meet the commitment to avoid load shedding over this period. 

The apology was made to the President, the Deputy President, and the relevant Ministers on 11 December 2019 in a meeting to avoid load shedding over this period.

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“At this meeting, Eskom presented plans to ensure that the risk of loadshedding would be eliminated during the holiday period until 13 January 2020. 

“Eskom also outlined the risks affecting the national grid,” the Presidency said.

The Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has accepted Mabuza’s resignation. The president also expressed his gratitude to him for serving Eskom and the nation during a challenging period. 

He was also commended by the presidency for taking responsibility and accepting accountability for events under his leadership.



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