Lukanyo Mnyanda Editor: Business Day

The government needs as much as two weeks before it will be in a position to say how long the power outages that have crippled large sections of the economy in recent days will last, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said. About a dozen engineers, acting on a voluntary basis, have been sent to provide an “independent assessment” of what is going wrong at power plants, Gordhan said at a media conference in Rosebank on Tuesday. “We’ll come back in 10-14 days" to update the country once the investigations have been completed, he said.

Eskom, which supplies about 95% of SA’s energy, intensified power cuts at the weekend, and took the unprecedented step of implementing load-shedding through the night on Saturday as it grappled with unexpected boiler tube leaks at several coal-fired power stations, ongoing diesel shortages and the loss of electricity imports from Mozambique...

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