When I chaired a postbudget discussion at Deloittes with SA Revenue Service commissioner Edward Kieswetter the other day, we talked tax at first. Then I asked him how he rated SA’s chances of ending load-shedding.

It was not a question that took him entirely out of his lane. Among his many achievements Kieswetter is a former Eskom power station manager. He ran Matla and other stations successfully in the late 1990s and won a national “best boss” award. He also now leads one of the workstreams supporting the president’s National Energy Crisis Committee (Necom). Even so, I did not expect quite so impassioned an answer...

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