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parastatal boards should realise that this is not for the fainthearted. parastatal boards should realise that this is not for the fainthearted.Politics is a fact of life in organisations. Therefore leaders need to act politically as well as analytically. The Eskom board was not immune to the highly charged tone before the national elections and the post-election changes of our political landscape. Parastatal boards comprise individuals who should have political sanction. Thus, it is not inconceivable that members are susceptible to "external sponsorship" and its influence on behaviour, attitudes and power relations of the board as a whole. Nor is it implausible that political behaviour from individuals could scuttle a board's proper functioning. The Eskom board under the leadership of Bobby Godsell was characterised by uncertainty and turbulence, and should be appreciated in that context. In a period of turmoil, board members should look beyond the starkness of an issue and ackn...

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