Lukanyo Mnyanda’s column "Next attraction: Saturday Night Half-Live" (March 18) refers. The despair that all South Africans are feeling regarding the Eskom debacle is patently, painfully clear in Mnyanda’s piece. As he states, it’s been more than a year since Eskom’s board was overhauled and we were promised a new dawn, which would be delivered through committees and task teams. Now we have stage 4 load shedding. How do we plan to hold Eskom accountable for the latest disaster? For a start, Nersa granted the power utility a tariff increase in the past month. Eskom will also receive yet more bailouts over the next three years, totalling R69bn. Load shedding is wreaking havoc on the country. Businesses cannot grow, and we will see the effect of Eskom’s failures in coming months when we read about increased job losses. The key to the entire crumbling edifice lies in one phrase: “state owned”. Eskom has the backing of the state, and because the government believes that it alone must be ...

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