Cape Town - 121022 - South African power utility Eskom has applied to more than double the price of its electricity over the next five years. The state-owned utility said it has applied for a 16 percent annual increase for five years from April 2013 to March 2018. Many South Africans are struggling with the current cost of electricity. Pictured is teacher Michael Guzana with his son Hluma Guzana. Reporter: Yolisa Tswana PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Johannesburg - There will be deliberate countrywide power cuts between 6pm and 7pm on Wednesday, electricity giant Eskom said.

“Due to unavailability of some of our generators, we are implementing load shedding for an hour,” said spokesman Andrew Etzinger.

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