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South Africa Set for Worst Year of Power Cuts as Plants Fail

  • State-owned Eskom to ration electricity nationwide on Tuesday
  • Rate of cuts through April put 2022 on track to exceed record
Power lines in the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in the Hout Bay district of Cape Town, South Africa.

Power lines in the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in the Hout Bay district of Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa is headed for a record year of power cuts if the rate of station breakdowns fails to improve, particularly at coal-fueled plants. 

State-owned Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said it will again ration electricity on Tuesday after various generation units were shut for repairs or didn’t return to service as expected. That means nationwide cuts will have occurred on seven of the 10 days in May so far, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.