S.Africa's Eskom extends power cuts to Wednesday as five stations suffer breakdowns

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S.Africa's Eskom extends power cuts to Wednesday as five stations suffer breakdowns

South African state utility Eskom said on Sunday it would extend scheduled power cuts by three more days, until 0500 local time (0300 GMT) on Wednesday, as it suffered further breakdowns at five power stations during the weekend.

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

“We currently have 6,545 MW on planned maintenance, while another 12,915 MW of capacity is unavailable due to breakdowns and delays. This has led to our inability to supply the demand,” the firm said in a statement on Twitter.

 

 

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, editing by Louise Heavens / REUTERS

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