Much of what we needed to know about Eskom has been revealed. The details were not in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s state of the nation address or in his reply to the debate on his speech. That’s because the speech “was about articulating a vision and a direction for government’s programme”, Ramaphosa said in parliament on Wednesday. “Ministers will provide details on the programme in the budget votes of the various departments.”

It is still difficult to decipher what that vision and direction are but that is beside the point. Onward goes the mad scramble to find out what will happen with state entities on which our lives depend and our teetering economy rests.

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