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South African firm suspends officials amid anger over power outages

South African firm suspends officials amid anger over power outages

In South Africa, people check the weather report for rain and thunder  -- and the electricity report from the state-owned company Eskom for word on the frequent power blackouts. Is it going to be a “stage three” day, with a very high likelihood of electricity outages across the country? Or just a “stage one” day? Africa’s second-largest economy is facing an acute electricity crisis, with rolling blackouts -- or load shedding, in quaint bureaucratic parlance -- and fear that the grid could collapse if any more of its aging power stations break down. Under intense government pressure, Eskom on Thursday suspended Chief Executive Tshediso Matona --...

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