South African power utility Eskom to continue power cuts until Saturday morning

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A man walks past electricity pylons of the defunct Orlando Power Station in Soweto, South Africa, January 24, 2022. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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JOHANNESBURG, March 8 (Reuters) - S.African state-owned power utility Eskom said on Tuesday it will continue power cuts in the country until 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday as many of the power plant units broke down on Monday and are under repair.

The power cuts, called stage 2 load shedding in South Africa, started from 5 p.m. local time on Monday.

Under stage 2 load shedding, almost 2000 megawatts of power generation capacity is off the grid leading to at least two hours of power cut daily at a pre-determined time.

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Reporting by Promit Mukherjee, Editing by Louise Heavens

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