South Africa’s Eskom to resume power cuts after 11-day pause

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
South Africa’s state-owned Eskom sign. /Getty Images

South Africa’s power utility Eskom announced it would implement “Stage 2” scheduled power cuts on Wednesday and Thursday from 1600 until midnight local time (1400 to 2200 GMT) due to a shortage of generation capacity.

In a statement, Eskom said in a statement that there had been a delay in returning several generation units to service while others had broken down.

The state-owned company suspended scheduled electricity outages 11 days ago, following several weeks of regular power cuts that prompted public anger and hampered businesses.

Eskom has an ageing power station fleet comprised mainly of coal plants which are highly prone to faults.

Government efforts to add additional capacity have been slow, and this year, a record amount of electricity is set to be cut from the grid.