Eskom’s leadership made a presentation to media yesterday designed to give an overall picture of the state of things (bad) and the utility’s plans to get us out of the mess (a good effort under the circumstances). However, they didn’t mention the biggest factor in Eskom’s short-term future because they are in no position to do so. It’s Mpumalanga, stupid.          

There was some colour to be found in the briefing. Chair Mpho Makwana’s remarks that the board had spent the past 110 days looking “into the engine room” and studying South Africans’ “ways of living”, and references to “engagements” and “alignments” of the “views, fears and aspirations” of South Africans, didn’t sound like the utterances of a man in the midst of an existential crisis. ..

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