S. Africa’s Eskom to implement power cuts after losing generation capacity

After losing generation energy, South Africa’s struggling state utility Eskom announced on Wednesday that it would implement scheduled power cuts from 1700 local time (1500 GMT) until 2300 on Friday.

Eskom would remove up to 2,000 megawatts (MW) from the national grid, called locally “stage 2 load-shedding”.

“We currently have 6,212 MW on planned maintenance, while another 11,217 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the increasing demand,” the utility made known in a statement.

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