Eskom attributes the rotational cuts, known as “loadshedding,” to breakdowns at power generation plants and says teams are working to restore service.
The debt-laden utility, which provides most of South Africa’s electricity, is at the center of efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa to rid state-owned enterprises of corruption and mismanagement after the scandal-tainted tenure of predecessor Jacob Zuma.
South Africans also experienced major blackouts in 2008 and 2014.
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