Patrick Bond, director of the UKZN Centre for Civil Society and author of Politics of Climate Justice: Paralysis Above, Movement Below, has written an article for Pambazuka News about the three roads that might be taken out of the current power crisis.
The first, and most likely, outcome is for Eskom to muddle through the current crisis and come out the other side just as flawed and short-sighted as it is now. The second is a complete collapse of the system. The third possible scenario is one in which the country overhauls the power-generation system and redeploys skilled labourers to develop renewable energy sources.
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The coming fork in the road provides three distinct directions. The poorly-lit one straight ahead suffers from potholes that force stop-start-reverse maneuvers. Second, the most scary route away from this fork lacks streetlights and appears to be illuminated only by a brief, fiery meltdown – utter grid failure – at the end of the road. Then, no Eskom or municipal electricity supplies will be available for weeks, they say.
In a third direction, looking leftwards, a light flickers at the end of a dangerous tunnel, but to get there safely means slowing the vehicle to a manageable pace and tossing the greediest 1% of passengers out, thus allowing everyone else to at least enjoy basic-needs electricity.
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