After blue-ticking the country for six weeks when stage 6 power blackouts started again on December 7, President Cyril Ramaphosa finally sent out a lame update on Saturday afternoon, which did not address the immediate crisis. But we should not be shocked. After stage 6 power blackouts started on June 28 2022 Ramaphosa said nothing until July 25, when he announced another emergency power plan. The truth is the president does not know what to say.

If ever there were doubts about that the government’s left hand does not know what the right is doing, one needs just to compare the presidency’s six-month power plan update with the presentation delivered by the Eskom board and top management on Sunday. As usual, the government made wildly optimistic forecasts about new power that would come onto the grid and reduce the load on Eskom...

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