OF ALL Shakespeare’s meticulously crafted characters, King Lear is arguably the most complex — a man flawed by layers of rage juxtaposed by the burden of guilt. At his death in Act V, Shakespeare’s critics argue that the magnitude and beauty of this complicated man is not measured in a contrived, flowing obituary, but in the simplicity of swift death itself.
The name O’Flaherty may appear to be the only faint link between Celtic mysticism and Megawatt Park, the site of Eskom’s headquarters in Sandton. But long before the procurement processes at the Medupi coal-fired power station were revealed to a collective groan of public disbelief, weak leadership had characterised the national power utility, with successive CEOs persistently applying that odious Kumbaya-esque rhetoric to explain their excessive bonuses in a culture that was blatantly rewarding failure with the proceeds of destructive economic exercises.
When gluttony halted abruptly, the inevitable era of gout, fear and paranoia was ushered in — yet just when Eskom was staring swift death in the face, it made a sublime appointment.
Paul O’Flaherty hails from a rich bloodline of successful accountants, all seemingly obsessed by detail and numbers — that exclusive hole where truth and reality meet, delightfully inaccessible to politicians (and environmentalists). Prior to his appointment as chief financial officer at...