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

PUBLISHED: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:58:51 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, April 13 (Reuters) – South Africa’s struggling state utility Eskom said on Tuesday that it would implement scheduled power cuts from 9 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) until 5 a.m. on Wednesday after losing generation capacity.

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

“The return to service of three generation units has been delayed, while another three generation units tripped during the day, reducing available generation capacity,” Eskom spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha said. (Reporting by Alexander Winning; Writing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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