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News Summed Up 2019-02-11 05:30:00

The debt-laden state power utility Eskom is at the centre of the country’s economic troubles and has been hit by allegations of government graft. Ramaphosa last week admitted that “Eskom is in crisis and the risks it poses to South Africa are great.”Offices, shops, factories, traffic lights and private homes were hit on Monday by “load-shedding” — scheduled power cuts to reduce usage. The cuts were categorised as “stage 4”, the highest severity level since March 2014. “The power system is severely constrained, which is why after a long time we have had to implement stage 4 of load shedding,” Eskom spokesman Khulu Phasiwe said. “Please switch off geysers (water heater) as well as all non-essential lighting and electricity appliances to assist in reducing demand,” the utility said.