We concur with President Cyril Ramaphosa that when it comes to fixing troubled Eskom, "we do not have the luxury of time".
The power utility has announced a new round of "load-shedding" to avoid a shutdown of its operations. With SA dependent on the parastatal for 90% of its power supply, this latest round of load-shedding will not only inconvenience South Africans but it will also negatively affect productivity.
We have been in this quagmire for over 12 years now without a lasting solution in sight. Matters got worse in the last five years when the power utility fell into the hands of a faction within the ruling ANC, which saw Eskom as a perfect vehicle to enrich their friends, who included then president Jacob Zuma's close friends, the Gupta brothers.
Ramaphosa has been trying to clean up the mess at Eskom and other state-owned entities that were crippled by state capture.
His announcement during his State of the Nation Address that Eskom would now be split into three entities should be seen in the context of him trying to fix things.
Although widely welcomed by organised business and energy industry experts who see the "unbundling" as a move that would encourage efficiency and transparency, it has been widely rejected by organised labour.
Unions fear the proposed split will lead to job losses.