A novel way to end energy crisis in South Africa: Let the market work

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If you want a model of a power system breaking down under the weight of its own contradictions, forget European gas networks and Texan power grids. Look at South Africa. The decline and fall of government-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. is a sign of everything that can go wrong in an electricity grid. Eskom generated nearly three-quarters of Africa’s electricity south of the Sahara in the late 1990s, but years of corruption, mismanagement and meddling have reduced it to a husk. Last year, South Africans faced blackouts on more than 200 days. This year has been even worse, with...