South Africa’s spark for clean governance

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“When the African National Congress (ANC) became South Africa’s first democratically elected ruling party in 1994, it promised that state-owned enterprises like utilities and the national airline would reflect ‘a public consciousness.’ That meant that the companies would model the country’s diversity and be engines of shared prosperity. Three decades later, with the ANC still in power, many of those enterprises are in shambles. … The most conspicuous example is Eskom, the state electricity company. Its aging power plants and financial troubles have resulted in rolling blackouts (or ‘load shedding’) that put customers in the dark for up to 12 hours at a time. Yet that dysfunction may now have a silver lining: a corrective impulse toward honest government after years of unbridled graft.” (08/03/22)