Powerless and peeved
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟮 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
Wracked by corruption, financial mismanagement and ineptitude, Eskom was looted from inside and out. Now on its knees, it’s nonetheless charging consumers more for a service that it’s failing to deliver. After weeks of relentless loadshedding – much of it at stage 6 – there are mounting threats of protests from enraged South Africans, and the president is feeling the heat. But how do we avoid a very grim energy outlook without urgent, workable solutions on the table? There are no easy answers for the national utility, but that’s unlikely to win them any sympathy among an increasingly fed-up citizenry. Carte Blanche contemplates what’s next for a powerless nation.
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