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Cut power usage, pleads Eskom as 4 large units break down

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Eskom has warned the public to cut electricity usage urgently as it lost four large units to unplanned breakdowns and another two units - which were scheduled to return to service - remain offline, the power utility said on Tuesday. 

The grid may remain constrained until the weekend, it warned. 

The breakdowns were at Kendal, Majuba and Lethabo, Eskom said, while the delays were at Duvha and Tutuka, and one further unit was taken offline at Kendal due to "technical difficulties" and to address emissions. 

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