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South African Grid Collapse Concern Prompts Utility to Resume Power Cuts

  • South Africa had a record 1,150 hours of outages last year
  • Utility has been dogged by financial, operational problems
Workers carry out repairs on machinery at the Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. Tutuka coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Workers carry out repairs on machinery at the Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. Tutuka coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa’s state-owned power utility is resuming power cuts to prevent a total collapse of the grid as its coal-fired plants remain prone to breakdowns.