The pact between Pretoria and Portugal over the hydroelectric dam helped the apartheid state extend its empire's tentacles, say researchers.
Moody's Investors Service are not holding out on Eskom's finances improving any time soon, and neither should the country.
Eskom is receiving approximately 200MW of electricity from its counterpart in Namibia, NamPower, as it struggles to keep the lights on.
After a rescue package from the national treasury last year Eskom's financial woes are far from alleviated, and won't be for years to come.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba says electricity supply will be extremely tight from April to July to complete maintenance.
Power utility Eskom has again declared an emergency as four generating units developed "technical problems".
Biomass energy could be the answer for the two-million rural households that are not connected to the electricity grid.
Cable theft is so rife in the townships that ordinary people have found "clever" ways of connecting to power illegally, writes Tiisetso Makube.
Energy Minister Dipuo Peters says her department will focus on energy efficiency in municipalities and will address results of lowered revenue.
Bids will bring 3 750 megawatts of alternative energy on to the grid within the next three years at a total cost of R120-billion.
In the face of the threat of load shedding, Eskom is being challenged to cut back on exports.
Government announced Cabinet has approved a R20-billion equity injection for Eskom over three years in a bid to strengthen the utility's finances.
Where efficiency and diversity could shape energy policy, coal and Eskom dominate. Are the ANC's investments in Chancellor House to blame?
SA has been lulled into a false sense of security that there is sufficient energy, but that it is just going to cost more, Trevor Manuel says.