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Residents of Soweto in Gauteng took to the streets on Tuesday morning in protest against days-long electricity cuts.
As Andre de Ruyter makes his official start at debt-ridden Eskom, energy experts agree that no one person can solve the power utility's problems - and it will require a collective effort by all stakeholders to turn the ship around.
Zimbabwe's worsening electricity shortages have effectively turned night into day for many businesses and families, with most work happening after dark, when lights flicker on for a few hours.
Eskom said it will not cut power at three Free State municipalities which have new payment agreements with the power utility.
Bitcoin has proved to be a boon for energy generators in China, but this may come to an end through curtailment.
Eskom is promising to keep the lights on this winter, despite severe weather conditions that have already started to grip the country.
Eskom has suspended planned supply interruptions to three more municipalities after reaching payment agreements with them.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says National Treasury will act against municipalities which have failed to settle their debt to Eskom.
Eskom has heaped praise on Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and his provincial government for intervening in a power battle of a different kind.
Sibanye Gold says power shortages and a delayed start-up after the festive season has cut its first quarter bullion output by 5%, sending its shares lower.
Miners have coped with rolling blackouts since 2008. Will they be able to keep this up as Eskom cuts ever-more power from the grid?
Millions of people in Zimbabwe have been living with severe power cuts for months, affecting services and jobs, while pushing the economy to brink of collapse.
Business activity in the private sector deteriorated in March as businesses were affected by load shedding, SA firms said.
Embattled power utility Eskom has warned consumers about infrastructure and electricity theft, which it says causes power outages.
Eskom has delayed planned interruptions of bulk electricity supply to three Eastern Cape municipalities, but says plans must be made before Friday for outstanding payments.
Eight companies with extensive industrial operations have filed an urgent court application to stop Eskom from cutting North West municipality Madibeng's electricity.
Eskom has suspended power cuts to five municipalities, who together with others, owe Eskom R10.2bn in debt.
A high court judge will soon reveal whether AfriForum's bid is urgent after it approached the court to block Eskom from cutting power to eight municipalities this week.
A month into Eskom’s annual summer maintenance programme and there has been no sign of load shedding, but any major power plant breakdown will change that.
As Eskom struggles to cope with electricity demand, computer equipment is also at risk of being negatively disrupted.
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