Blame can't be laid at Eskom's doorstep, when political agenda's got us here

"The current Eskom - working as best as it can- isn't even managing to improve the standard of the existing machines," says Associate at the Electricity Systems Research Group of UCT, Hilton Trollip. 
Worsening power cuts forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his overseas tour to deal with troubles at home. However, this move raises questions around, what the presidency's role is in bringing an end to loadshedding.
Ramaphosa made the decision to return after "an urgent virtual meeting with all the relevant ministers and officials," his spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said on Sunday afternoon.
In the first installment of SA Energy Explained, Trollip, explains that corruption and malmanagement is primarily responsible for the dilapidated state of Eskom's power fleet.
He holds that government and the presidency cannot palm-off the blame, of SA's current crisis, onto Eskom.  
Is the presidents availability on home-soil an act of solidarity or critical to bringing an end to the crisis? Who should be working on restoring normality to the grid, and what does political posturing and corruption around the energy crisis do to towards bringing the problem to a speedy conclusion? Trollip addresses all these questions and more.
22 Sep 2022 1AM English South Africa News · Daily News

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