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Eskom: Power grid “not looking good”

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050910 Electricity pylons carry power from Cape Town's Koeberg nuclear power plant July 17, 2009. South Africa will need 20 gigawatts (GW) of new power generation capacity by 2020 and would require double that amount a decade later to meet rising demand, the country's power utility said September 7, 2009. Picture taken July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENERGY BUSINESS)

Johannesburg - South Africa's power situation was “not looking good” for Friday, a spokesman for utility Eskom said, after rolling blackouts were imposed in Africa's largest economy after heavy rains soaked coal supplies at power stations.

Eskom expects the blackouts to last until 2200 SA time on Thursday, but spokesman Andrew Etzinger told radio station Power FM heavy rains were persisting in coal-producing areas east of Johannesburg, home to many power stations. - Reuters

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