The book is about the politics and technicalities of power in this period, the times of Verwoerd, Vorster, Eschel Rhoodie, PW and Pik Botha, of industrialists such as Dr.
H J van der Bijl, Dr.
H J van Eck, Dr.
R L Straszacker and Dr.
John Maree, and of the Eskom engineers involved - Dr.
Ignatius de Villiers and his "boys" - Bruce Norman, Eustace Rayhnam, Jan Smith, GD Walker, TF Stark, Basie Stegmann, Niels Troost, Fanie van Schoor, "Empty" Wessels, and many more. The book also covers the HVDC technology leaders of the multinational electrical corporations involved at the time in one way or another in this project - Gerhard Heyner of AEG, W Ziegler of Siemens, KW Kanngiesser of Brown Boveri, Dr.
L E Zaffanella and Dr. Hermann Schneider of GE, Ake Ekstrom of ASEA, L Patanella of SAE/Powerlines, and Dr.
Tom Calverley of Cigré.