Last month, after a family visit to South Africa, I bemoaned the electricity crisis in the motherland. A few people pointed out that the piece was rather less upbeat than my usual style of writing.

It is certainly difficult to view the glass as half-full when the power grid is on the brink of collapse and corruption runs rife throughout Eskom, as recently confirmed in the now-viral André de Ruyter interview. But I promised the editor that I would try to come up with a retort to my own pessimistic piece of yester-month, so here goes …..

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