South Africa Faces Worsening Power Outages

South Africa Faces Worsening Power Outages

South Africa Faces Worsening Power Outages

South Africa is facing an electricity crisis. South Africans have been experiencing a growing number of electricity “ blackouts ” — also known as power outages .

The state-operated power company Eskom provides South Africa with 95 percent of its electricity. Eskom officials expect the company to lose billions of dollars over the next four years.

So the government is planning to sell parts of the business in an effort to limit the losses. But opposition lawmakers and labor unions strongly oppose the plan. The government is now seeking to limit the damage to its political power while working to end the biggest threat to the nation’s economy.

Eskom’s top official, Tshediso Matona, announced this month that the power outages will probably continue over the next year and a half.

Eskom controls the production , transmission and distribution of electric power in South Africa. In industrial countries, a combination of private businesses and government agencies do this work.Natasha Michaels is a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance. She studies publicly-operated businesses for her party. She says Eskom should end its […]

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