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

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An Eskom sign stands outside the headquarters for Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africas state-owned electricity utility at Megawatt Park in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. A plan to reform state-owned power company Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and bring South Africa and its economy out of the dark is starting to show results, according to Chief Executive Officer Brian Molefe. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An Eskom sign stands outside the headquarters for Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africas state-owned electricity utility at Megawatt Park in Sandton, near Johannesburg, South Africa. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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

Eskom will cut 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 said in a statement.

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