January 25

South Africa’s Eskom Says Worst Power Cuts Over for Now but Urges Less Use

By Tim Cocks

Calling all South Africans: be sparing with electrical appliances after 4 p.m., think twice about whether you really need to boil so much water for that tea, and don’t even think about switching on your air conditioner after dark.

These were among the pleas state power company Eskom’s outgoing chief executive made to long-suffering consumers in Africa’s most industrialised nation on Sunday, as he reassured them recent maintenance work would ease some of the harshest blackouts in living memory.

But outgoing CEO Andre De Ruyter also re-affirmed that power cuts would continue for two more years at least.

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Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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