Africa’s powerhouse on the brink
South Africa is falling apart, say Ben Farmer and Peta Thornycroft in The Sunday Telegraph. In recent months, the country has been enduring power cuts of up to 10 hours a day. Big businesses are having to shell out tens of millions on diesel generators; small firms unable to afford back-up power are going bust. Ordinary South Africans often cannot cook their dinner, or have to “do their homework by lamplight”. Unemployment is at around 33%. This crisis is the culmination of decades of mismanagement and corruption at state-owned energy giant Eskom. When the company’s most recent chief executive, André de Ruyter, tried to clean things up, he was allegedly “poisoned with cyanide in an unsuccessful assassination”. He has fled the country.