On Friday, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown and Eskom managed to produce what was, for once, a pleasant surprise. Instead of more bad news about board instability, coal silos that are now just heaps of rubble and dire warnings that are then denied, we were told that Brian Molefe had been appointed as acting CEO of the utility/parastatal/fourth horseman of the apocalypse. Considering Molefe’s track record at Transnet, it’s no surprise that the announcement has been welcomed. But, lurking in the shadows, his “promotion” to the worst job in the country opens the door for a dirty little piece of parastatal history to rear its head – as Siyabonga Gama rises to the position of acting CEO of Transnet. By STEPHEN GROOTES.