South Africa's state-owned power producer Eskom again rationed electricity on May 11 with up to 20 GW of the power grid out of operation for hours.
Earlier this month, system failure prompted the company to take power load shedding, affecting cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Eskom has done that in more than 30 days so far year, more than days in the entire year earlier.
The struggling state-owned utility, which generates almost all the nation’s electricity including 80% from burning coal, said the power outlook remained highly uncertain, with unplanned outages often varying by 2 GW in one week.
South Africa is the most industrialized country in Africa, but repeated power cuts have become the main obstacle affecting its economic growth.
South Africa has been subject to power cuts for 10 years. The South African government has tried to take systemic reform for the power system, but little progress has been made.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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