Parastatals are not primarily seen as development drivers or even as providers of services answerable to citizens, but as a source of patronage.
Eskom's rolling power blackouts aren't the problem, it's the discontent many in South Africa are all too familiar with.
For starters, the utility's overreliance on diesel turbines will hurt it financially in the short and long term.
Power provider Eskom has asked its staff to consider voluntary retrenchment packages, and employees are to decide on participation before February.
The ANC says state-owned enterprises are making negative headlines in the news every day and a new task team will get to the bottom of these problems.
Soweto residents owe Eskom R3.6bn in unpaid power bills they don't ever intend to pay, compared to R2.6bn owed by the rest of the country.
Eskom has finally given Westinghouse most of the documents relating to the nuclear tender
Experts argue that one of the main obstacles to South Africa’s nuclear ambitions is the cost, even with innovative financing models.
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has hit back at DA's demands for more transparency on Eskom and said parties needed to work together.
The collapse at the Mpumalanga power station shows how difficult it is for Eskom to meet demand.
The latest electricity blackouts could spur renewed interest in going off the grid for our power supply and reducing our reliance on Eskom.
DA MP Natasha Michael has said Minister Lynne Brown should freeze Eskom executives' "exorbitant" pay until performance at the parastatal improves.
We take a closer look at Majuba Power Station and the collapsed coal storage silo which created a crisis for Eskom.
Jo'burg residents have reacted to ongoing power cuts, which left them in the dark on Tuesday morning, but this time it wasn't Eskom's fault.
A coal storage silo that collapsed at Majuba power station in Mpumalanga had been showing signs of stress since January, says trade union Solidarity.