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South Africa Nears a Record Year of Power Outages, Six Months In

An employee makes notes by torchlight in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2022. 

An employee makes notes by torchlight in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2022. 

Photographer: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

South Africa’s crippling power cuts are approaching an annual record, and there are still six months to go.

Spurred by an illegal strike this week that added to its woes, utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has already implemented controlled blackouts equal to more than 90% of the energy it shed for the whole of 2021, according to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.