We hate to say “I told you so”, but recent reports about “powerless” electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa tell us what we’ve known all along: that a mandate to implement reform means nothing if you’re not empowered to do so. And that having Gwede Mantashe, Pravin Gordhan and Ramokgopa in the mix is a ministerial trifecta too far. 

For a minister charged with ensuring security of electricity supply, “Sputla” seems to have little backing in doing so. And, as usual, it’s Eskom casting a dark shadow over matters. Central to the confusion is that Ramokgopa seems to have little access to the Eskom board; that pleasure is firmly in the hands of Gordhan. Quite how Ramokgopa is supposed to determine the steps needed to build capacity is anyone’s guess. ..

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