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EDITORIAL | If Eskom isn’t fixed, SA will become a failed state


EDITORIAL | If Eskom isn’t fixed, SA will become a failed state

The government must give up on SAA and the SABC and focus fully on saving Eskom, for the sake of SA’s future


The Prince of Darkness, André de Ruyter, this week showed South Africans just how well his turnaround plan at Eskom is going by announcing that load-shedding will be with us for at least five more years.

It is not difficult to guess what the response in boardrooms and homes across the country was to that clanger. Undoubtedly, many words were used that cannot be mentioned here.

In his “state of the system” briefing on Monday, De Ruyter said the risk of load-shedding “will abate over time but not disappear” as Eskom pushes ahead with the mammoth job of maintenance at its spluttering, decrepit coal-fired power stations, which are on life support after decades of being ignored. Added to this are new power stations designed and built so shoddily under a corrupt leadership that they are constantly breaking down...

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