Shedding light on the true state of Eskom

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AN ENERGY sector leader recently observed that the electricity crisis in South Africa is maturing (perhaps like cheese) from generation capacity problems to issues of electricity prices, tariffs, the price elasticity of demand, and the capacity of Eskom to finance its generation, transmission and distribution activities.

Amid the onset of regular load shedding in late 2014, a so-called War Room was established, comprising representatives from various government departments and Eskom, and headed nominally by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This was not a creature of statute, but a temporary structure intended to focus on five core short-term issues that had been identified, and to complete its work in a timeframe of six months or so.

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