The slow demise of Jacob Zuma’s presidency has coincided with a change of leadership and change of direction at failing national utility Eskom. Advertisements for the position of chief executive published in the South African press on 11 February call on the candidate to “develop and implement a vision and strategic direction to meet evolving energy markets and technologies” and require a “solid track record in leading and managing significant change in a complex organisation with at least 20,000 employees”