Taking over the political oversight of ailing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Eskom was always going to be one of the more difficult jobs in the administration of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

One can only imagine the sort of conversations that the department of public enterprises had with the electricity supplier last week as we were haunted yet again by load-shedding, with the ghosts of previous mismanagement not having been quickly laid to rest...

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