South Africa’s laws designed to protect whistleblowers need urgent reform.
Nothing will save Eskom in its present configuration.
South Africa’s courts are likely to set a high bar in cases brought against the government’s most recent state of disaster declaration.
South Africa’s minister of finance should have used the bailout of Eskom to fast-track its split and introduce the private sector into the electricity sector.
Very little attention has been paid to the justice implications of electricity distribution.
Deciding on the best system isn’t a simple matter. There’s a bewildering array of jargon to sift through and many elements to consider.
Security companies suggest that criminals take advantage of the fact that many home and business security systems get compromised during power outages.
Installing enough solar panels and battery storage to see a household through a week without sunshine isn’t yet financially possible.
Eskom needs a new management team, this is clear. But the country also needs new leadership.
Consensus is the first step towards solving problems - but it’s been hard to reach.
The new book is structured around apartheid profiteers, war profiteers, state capture profiteers, welfare profiteers, failing auditors, conspiring consultants and bad lawyers.
Employment-intensive growth and a low emissions strategy can complement each other in South Africa.
When it comes to dependency on coal power plants, South Africa is in a class of its own: 85% of its electricity is produced in coal power plants.
The South African Revenue Service is on a path to rebuild itself.
The wealthy should not be allowed to opt out from their share of the costs of electricity production and Eskom’s debt.
International experience suggests South Africa can benefit by focusing on a simple restructuring of its power utility, allowing well-run state-owned entities to flourish.
The deliberations were characterised by disingenuous, counter-factual policy pronouncements, and de facto denials of the ANC’s culpability in causing many of the current problems facing the country.
The hybrid nature of threats to South Africa’s energy infrastructure can only be solved by an integrated solution, including severe sanctions that should include fines and imprisonment.
Removing red tape for new renewable energy projects will see additional energy coming online quite quickly.
Five essential reads on why South Africa is failing to keep the lights on.