The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) recently released a report which stated that one of the reasons South Africa is facing an electricity crisis is because the government prohibited Eskom from building power stations in 1998.
It goes on to argue that this was an unexpected decision from the ANC government as the ruling party had long been regarded as Marxist in outlook, favouring state-run institutions.
Eskom was told to stop building additional stations soon after there was talk about it being unbundled or privatised, but the new directives from the government were vague and confusing.
“Eskom fell into a void. It no longer knew what it was meant to be doing, or even what its key function was,” the IRR said.