Electricity is the biggest single constraint on the South African economy. It also demoralises citizens and saps the energy of individuals and corporates , big and small alike. Load-shedding, fights about coal, the odours hanging over Karpowership, the bickering among some ministers and with Eskom management are all destabilising, leaving South Africans perplexed and frustrated. All this noise obscures a different trend line that has been taking shape over the past few years.

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