Remarking on the jam-packed auditorium awaiting Eskom’s annual results on Tuesday, the utility’s chair Jabu Mabuza said he was reminded of a large crowd at a funeral. "It’s not about whether they liked him or her," he said. "It’s people who’ve come to see if this dog is really dead."

And in Eskom’s case, the short answer is: not yet — though things certainly are getting worse.

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