The speed and drama of the changes at Eskom have been breathtaking, and are likely to be the first in a string of measures designed to get SA back on more or less the right track. Of course, there is a huge difference between being on the right track and actually travelling down that road. But so far so good. What Deputy President and now president assumptive Cyril Ramaphosa needed was a concrete example of enforcement; of how his word carried. And that has been achieved in spades in a blistering week. All the naysayers who claimed a leadership change wouldn’t make that much difference either because the ANC national executive committee was divided or because President Jacob Zuma would refuse to move, or because Ramaphosa himself was "a coward", must now eat their words. Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who fiddled while SA’s key parastatal burned for the past nine months, was swept aside with a flick of an imperial wrist. All of the obstacles she sought to construct to prot...

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