Peter Bruce Editor-at-large & columnist

Former Eskom CEO Brian Dames had little choice but to recuse himself yesterday from the task team President Cyril Ramaphosa established last week to advise him on how to proceed with Eskom. Dames was too conflicted and it must have dawned on him that he could spoil the effort Ramaphosa is trying to make. Not only is he a former Eskom boss but he now runs African Rainbow Energy & Power, a renewable-energy play, for billionaire miner Patrice Motsepe, Ramaphosa’s brother-in-law. There was no way he could stay. The unions are already agitating about the future of coal (as if it will miraculously secure the futures of their children). The EFF waded in with a string of wild assertions when the task team was announced, and even some sane people questioned what the task team is supposed to do. How would it relate to the board? Does it replace it? Or, as usual, "oh no not another task team/commission of inquiry/ special cabinet committee"? What a lot of moaning minnies we are. Someone comes ...

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