Why is South Africa suffering an electricity crisis?

  • Rolling power cuts (called "load shedding") by ESKOM (the state utility), due to years of under-investment in infrastructure.
  • December cuts due to difficulty in sourcing diesel for back-up turbines & poor coal quality resulting in lower output.
  • Energy-intensive mining and manufacturing sectors (20% of GDP) hit hard and ESKOM upgrades delayed by strikes and budget over-runs.

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