JOHANNESBURG | South Africa power cuts hurt economy even as recession ends

JOHANNESBURG | South Africa power cuts hurt economy even as recession ends

JOHANNESBURG— South Africa’s troubled power utility on Tuesday implemented power cuts nationwide, intensifying concern about growth in one of Africa’s biggest economies even as the country announced it has emerged from recession.

State-owned Eskom said it took the measure, which followed similar cuts in recent days that disrupted businesses, as a “last resort to protect the power system from a total collapse or blackout.”

Eskom attributed the rotational cuts, known as “load-shedding,” to breakdowns at power generation plants and said teams were working to restore service.

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