Almost three months after his appointment, electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is still devoid of the powers he needs to do his job. And it doesn’t look like they will be  conferred on him anytime soon, as the government lurches from one crisis to another.

The Lady R row between South Africa and the US is taking up too much of the government’s attention. Even André de Ruyter, the former CEO of Eskom, is proving to be a distraction for our leaders as they publicly criticise him for writing a book about his time at the utility. Of course, the media will latch onto any drama in which the government and De Ruyter trade fire, so our attention strays from the real issue: energy security...

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