Planned power outages cast a shadow over South Africa

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He urged the population and companies in Africa’s most industrialized country to use energy sparingly. Lights should be turned off in closed offices, water heaters and swimming pool units must be used sparingly if the situation is not to get worse, according to de Ruyter.

“If everyone helps, we can meet the demand,” he said.

But Eskom notes at the same time that it will take time and large investments to solve the energy shortage in the long term.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesman said on Sunday that the president is returning to South Africa immediately after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral because of the energy crisis, despite plans to travel on to the upcoming UN General Assembly summit.

About 80 percent of the country’s energy production comes from coal-fired power plants.