South Africa's power grid is in crisis. Leading South African gold and platinum mines stopped production in late January, and blackouts are endemic. No end is in sight, and the shortages have spilled over to the neighboring countries Botswana and Namibia. Check out a thorough preview of the crisis in an early essay by PESD collaborator, Anton Eberhard, former electricity regulator and an expert on power at the University of Cape Town, Political Economy of Power Sector Reform in South Africa. Professor Eberhard was also recently quoted in a detailed commentary at the New York Times.