South Africa's Eskom Plans More Power Load Shedding, Says Crisis Manageable

Eskom plans more load shedding due to flooding that triggered unprecedented blackouts a day earlier, South Africa’s state power firm said today, but added the crisis was manageable, Reuters reported. Eskom yesterday announced power cuts of up to 6,000 megawatts (MW) after heavy rain and flooding triggered failures, disrupting power supply to businesses and households across the country. Heavy rains across parts of South Africa have triggered flash floods that have submerged whole neighbourhoods, leading to mass evacuations. They have also interrupted coal-fired power generation, partly by dampening the coal needed to burn. Eskom has struggled to produce enough power to feed Africa’s most advanced economy since at least 2008. The power crisis has also hurt the economy. South Africa’s GDP shrank by 0.6 percent in the third quarter, the second contraction this year, as mining, manufacturing and agriculture were hit by uncertainty over power supply. Read more.