2013 Visionary CIO, Laher has been the driving force behind a 14-month turnaround in the public utility’s IT division - taking it from total breakdown to Eskom’s top-performing division. His vision for Eskom IT has been clear – it had to become a strategic partner and technology enabler for the organisation.

Laher managed to shrug off from , head of group IT at Hollard Insurance; , Group CIO; , CIO of Sasol; and Quinton Caryer, CIO of Wealth.

In their citation, the judges noted, “Laher understands the role a well-run state-owned enterprise can play in the country’s transformation. He wants to grow local skills, drive e-government and use technology solutions to fight fraud and corruption.”

“I am extremely humbled and very much appreciate this award,” said Laher on accepting the accolade. “This is a great achievement if I look at all the other candidates.”

He also expressed gratitude to the management team at Eskom, saying the company was set to grow from strength to strength.