10 March 2014

South Africa: Eskom - There May Be Light At the End of the Tunnel, but It Keeps Going Out


Politics is power. Nowhere can that be truer than when it comes to governance in South Africa, and our electrical supply. It is clear that we do not have enough electricity, and won't have for many more years.

It's also clear that because of what we could call the unique features of our political system, not one political leader is going to pay a political price for this. And if that is not depressing enough, consider this: the legal system we have at the moment around power is not going to change.

The proposed laws that would have seen other producers helping out Eskom are lapsing in Parliament as we speak - and will have to be drawn up again after the elections. Things are most definitely going to get darker before they get lighter. If they ever get lighter.

The Constitution talks a lot about accountability. People have to take responsibility for their actions. They have to stand up and say, 'I was responsible, it was me, and this is why it happened.' The same holds true for organisations and political parties more generally. It's the age-old system that should work. If everyone knows what their...

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