This week marks 10 months since André de Ruyter announced his resignation from Eskom. It came on December 14 2022, after a torrid three years marked by unprecedented power cuts and speculation about how long he would last in the job.

The ANC’s big cheese, Gwede Mantashe, had just months before accused Eskom of “agitating for the overthrow of the state” by not ending load-shedding. De Ruyter said lack of political support had made his position “untenable”. He had been the 13th Eskom CEO since 2008...

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