Pravin Gordhan fought a good fight and stood head and shoulders above his peers in the ANC through the dangerous and desperate closing chapters of Jacob Zuma's presidency. Ever since he was rushed back into the National Treasury as finance minister, he has been at the centre of the storm around state capture that has dragged this country into a deep depression. As public enterprises minister he is still in this fight and it's a worthy cause. But I think it's one that, at this moment, needs to be divorced from the day-to-day operations of Eskom. The weeks of load-shedding point to a parastatal in need of operational focus - an executive and management team left to what miners like to call "sweating the assets". This is especially when commodity prices are low, which in Eskom's case, is when supply can't meet demand. The sole shareholder - the government - should allow for a return of proper governance of the institution for the first time in more than a decade. The board and its CEO,...

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