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South Africa Urgently Seeks Cash for Eskom to Buy Diesel

  • Utility spent over 11 billion rand on diesel through October
  • Power cuts are already more than double last record year
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South Africa’s government said it’s urgently seeking funds to buy diesel needed to fuel auxiliary power plants after the state electricity utility said outages will intensify this week.

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan met members of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s board on Sunday amid “serious concerns” about the risk of increased nationwide blackouts in the months ahead, his department, which oversees the utility, said in a statement. The cuts are expected to deepen this week.