BOOK EXTRACT | Power tips for a new kind of African leader

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BOOK EXTRACT | Power tips for a new kind of African leader

Book by University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Tshilidzi Marwala offers new vision for the 21st-century leader

Tshilidzi Marwala

THE ESKOM DILEMMA

While driving home from my workplace during a stormy evening in January 2020, I found myself doing a rendition of the relics of one of my old-time favourite songs. This was after the latest round of load-shedding, following a brief respite after President Cyril Ramaphosa placed a “moratorium” on the power outages during the festive season. The lyrics, from Simon & Garfunkel’s epic song, The Sound of Silence, read in part:

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night …..

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