Darkness falls on South Africa

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With analysts blaming the continuous electricity blackouts that have taken place in the country since 2008 for the lower than expected economic growth rate, South Africa continues to suffer from a deep energy crisis. 21 years after the introduction of democracy and continuous rule of the African National Congress, the political mismanagement can no longer be hidden behind a smokescreen of words blaming the past. Technical reality overtakes politicians’ talk. The emerging industrial nation of South Africa joins the world of developing countries, where power cuts are often a daily reality. This paper analyses the underlying causes behind the energy crisis, sheds light on the institutional and political landscape within which this crisis is taking place, and offers a number of specific recommendations as to how these problems can be best dealt with