Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: The dismantling of Eskom

LEPHALALE, SOUTH AFRICA â?? JANUARY 1: A general v

Eskom's final rites

South Africans, rich and poor, black and white, have for the past week been suffering under rolling blackouts. Eskom, once the jewel in government's crown of parastatals, is imploding and it is unable to keep the lights on. 

The impact is serious. It is impeding the economy's ability to grow and create jobs, it is hampering productivity and economic activity and it is affecting the quality of our lives. If the lights aren't on, we can't study, cook food, heat water or enjoy entertainment. The rest of the world – and foreign investors – look at us and think: why can't South Africa sort out the problem?

Of course, it isn't new. Every single South African is aware that Eskom is a ticking time-bomb. It has been ravaged by mismanagement and corruption, bled dry of expertise and skills and left to grow old and die.

In this week's edition of News24's Friday Briefing I attempt to take you closer to the efforts to refit the company, author James-Brent Styan accuses the ANC of being the sole reason behind the parastatal's imminent demise and political analyst Daniel Silke looks at the political ramifications. 

Power up your phone and dig in.

Pieter du Toit

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LEPHALALE, SOUTH AFRICA â?? JANUARY 1: A general v

It has been a week of crisis-management in government as Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan has attempted to force change at Eskom, the largest supplier of electricity in Africa, that is imploding in slow-motion and in full view of the public. And whatever happens, the repercussions will be severe.

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LEPHALALE, SOUTH AFRICA â?? JANUARY 1: A general v


The ANC has only itself to blame for the Eskom crisis

James-Brent Styan

The political capturing of Eskom started in earnest in 2008 when the company started handing out tenders and contracts for its new build program which at that time was worth around R385bn over five years. Ten years later, the ANC only has itself to blame for the implosion of the energy supplier.

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures a

Ramaphosa's SONA glow turns to load shedding darkness

Daniel Silke

Should power blackouts continue, it will be the single most visible – and forceful – reminder of governance ineptitude and can result in a shedding of votes for the governing party.

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