It cited his experience as a leader, a public servant, and accounting officer for the departments of trade and industry and public enterprises, the BBC said in a statement.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced Matona’s appointment on Wednesday.
Matona is currently director general at the public enterprises department.
The BBC said under Matona’s stewardship the department enjoyed years of clean audits. He played the role of activist shareholder, ensuring some state-owned companies in the public enterprises department’s portfolio improved their performance and profitability.
It hoped that under Matona’s leadership Eskom would improve its communication with important parties such as big business and small and medium enterprises.
“The BBC wishes Mr Matona great success in his position and will always be willing to support Eskom in its efforts to provide a reliable and affordable service to South African consumers,” the council said.