We can no longer think of South Africa’s problems as being isolated from each other. Tackling one specific problem is well-nigh impossible. All are linked. We don’t have an Eskom problem. Or a logistics or Transnet problem. Or a water or water affairs department problem.

If you are at Eskom, you can’t bring in a security expert to solve the sabotage problem and think all is hunky-dory. The mines that supply Eskom with coal have the same problem. The distribution network has it too. The entire chain has the same problem: criminality at all levels and at every step. Appointing a new Eskom CEO is like applying Band-Aid on the arm of a child bitten by a malaria-bearing mosquito. You need to solve the malaria problem, not the pain of the mosquito sting...

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