Intrigue and debate have started up about Eskom again, the two main triggers being President Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement on its unbundling, and Eskom duly providing the drama with recent spectacular blackouts. Many are commenting, and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan bringing in Italian “experts” from Enel seems contentious. considering the motivational level of the expert skills that do exist within Eskom. It’s a real mess now, and it’s sad to see the racial comments from what appears to be South Africans abusing social media — anonymous comments are so easy. There are several basic facts on electricity supply that have been known for years but are nevertheless important to restate: Stable and low-cost electricity is core to a country’s economy and growth. It is personally extremely rewarding to switch on electricity supply to a town for the first time. There are endless benefits to the social development of a community, including the benefits of being able to study at ni...

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