The electricity outages lasted more than two hours until 9:10 p.m. local time on Monday amid an increased demand for power and as Eskom performs maintenance on generating stations, the company said in an e-mailed statement.
“The power system will be tight, particularly over the weekday evening peak periods from Tuesday to Friday,” Eskom said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the situation, and should it be necessary to implement load- shedding, we will communicate this.” Controlled power outages are locally known as load-shedding.
The utility, which supplies about 95% of electricity in Africa’s most industrialised nation, is struggling to meet demand after years of underinvestment and delays in completing new plants.
While the utility was forced to impose about 100 days of managed outages this year, none had taken place since Aug. 8.
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