South Africa imposes severe power cuts ahead of election

South Africa imposes severe power cuts ahead of election

South Africa on Monday introduced its most severe electricity rationing in nearly five years, presenting President Cyril Ramaphosa with a major political challenge just months ahead of the May general election. The debt-laden state power utility Eskom is at the centre of the country’s economic troubles and has been hit by allegations of government graft. Ramaphosa last week admitted that “Eskom is in crisis and the risks it poses to South Africa are great.” Offices, shops, factories, traffic lights and private homes were hit on Monday by “load-shedding” — scheduled power cuts to reduce usage. The cuts were categorised as “stage 4”, the highest severity level since March 2014. READ ALSO: Amosun should face disciplinary action from APC, Twitter users say “The power system is severely constrained, which is why after a long time we have had to implement stage 4 of load shedding,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said. “Since this morning we have unexpectedly lost six additional generating uni…

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