To fully appreciate coal miner Exxaro’s outrage at Eskom’s declaration of a force majeure at its Medupi and Matimba power plants and stopping the purchase of coal, a good look at the history of the two companies is a prerequisite.

Exxaro, a major, black-owned coal-mining company, has had a difficult relationship with the state-owned power monopoly, but they are in a true symbiotic relationship where they need each other...

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