Eskom suits holding a press conference on Sunday was something else. The absence of electricity in our lives is suddenly an emergency as the next general election approaches. By my reckoning, 16 months to go.

For me the heart of their message was not that the Eskom board has agreed with management on a power plant performance recovery plan to dramatically raise its energy availability factor (EAF), but rather that this plan is in “the final stages of being approved by the shareholder”...

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