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How bad do things need to be before we get to see some leadership? That’s the question most South Africans will be asking as they watch what’s unfolding at Eskom. South Africans generally do not think very much of the leadership in the country’s utilities, with good reason, considering the last decade of enormous corruption and maladministration. Not only did it leave the companies unable to provide services that are central to the functioning of the economy; their finances threaten to bankrupt the whole country. But it’s hard not to feel sorry for the current Eskom management, who are fighting a seemingly losing battle to save the utility, which provides virtually all the country’s energy. The reasons for Eskom’s woes are many and have been discussed extensively. South Africans are living with the consequences of load shedding, which first became part of the vocabulary a decade ago. The latest round is set to last a few months, a legacy of the corruption that left Eskom with not en...

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