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South Africa faces power crisis and blackouts

South Africa is facing an electricity crisis as the country's power utility struggles to meet demand.

Power utility Eskom has been rationing supplies for the first time since 2008 in order to ease the pressure on the national grid.

The power cuts are being blamed on poor maintenance practices stretching back many years.

Nomsa Maseko reports.

  • 04 Feb 2015
  • From the section Africa
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