Don’t count on government to solve the power crisis – go solar.

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Plans to declare a state of disaster to help manage rolling blackouts have South Africans shaking their heads in anger and skepticism. Opponents of the move see it as just another means of impinging on citizens’ rights and gaining punitive control, while not doing anything meaningful to solve the country’s power crisis.

National power utility Eskom has been besieged by troubles since 2007. The entity has claimed that poor-quality coal is damaging power plants, resulting in sub-standard performance.

Add to this litany of troubles claims of fraud, corruption, funding constraints, bad planning, lack of skills and overdue maintenance, and it’s easy to see why South Africa’s power system is crumbling.

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