Eskom, which relies on a R350bn guarantee from government to operate, provides the lifeblood of the economy and one should hope operational efficiency, financial prudence and corporate governance would be beyond reproach. Alas. The utility and its outgoing CEO, Brian Molefe, have been bending over backwards to benefit the Guptas; it is forging ahead with nuclear power plans even though government policy is yet to be finalised; and it’s playing fast and loose with the future of the country’s coal mining industry and independent power producers. It’s a great game when you can simply shift costs to consumers who have limited other options. It is time to break up this cosy monopoly and fully liberalise the sector.