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Power-Plant Attacks Drive South Africa Toward Record Outage

  • Power cuts could deepen to levels last experienced in 2019
  • Roads blocked, vehicles burned, equipment damaged at plants
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Labor unrest at South Africa’s state power utility after a standoff over wage negotiations is pushing the continent’s most-industrialized economy toward record blackouts.

Acts of intimidation, arson and public violence have occurred at coal-fired plants that supply nearly all of the nation’s electricity, curtailing supply and threating to deepen rolling blackouts nationwide, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. executives said at an emergency briefing. The outages on Tuesday could reach Stage 6 -- removing 6,000 megawatts from the system -- a level that last occurred in 2019.