Concerns over ANC's call to declare load-shedding state of disaster

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Concerns over ANC's call to declare load-shedding state of disaster

South Africa is drawing skepticism over its plans to declare a state of disaster to help tackle crippling blackouts, with critics arguing that the measure will undermine spending controls and isn’t the solution to the nation’s energy crisis.

Rolling power outages, known locally as load-shedding, have been instituted since 2008 to protect the electricity grid as state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. fails to generate enough energy to meet demand from its old and poorly maintained coal-fired plants.

[Bloomberg]
 
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