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Ratepayers from Lekwa municipality say power cuts are causing a 'human catastrophe'.
Ratepayers from Lekwa municipality say power cuts are causing a 'human catastrophe'.
Rosetta Msimango

For the past two years, residents of Standerton, Sakhile and other towns in the Mpumalanga's Lekwa Municipality have had to endure a double whammy of scheduled power cuts.  

Residents must contend with Eskom's national load shedding schedule and a separate internal "load-reduction" programme, meaning they often go without power for 10 hours a day or more.  

And they are not alone. Dozens of heavily indebted municipalities implement rotational power cuts above what Eskom demands. 

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