February 12, 2019 / 10:14 AM / 6 months ago

South Africa's Eskom aims to end power cuts by end of this week

A staff member packs away books by the light of a mobile phone during an electricity load-shedding blackout in a shopping centre in Cape Town, South Africa, February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African state power firm Eskom aims to end power cuts by the end of this week and for now does not suspect sabotage is the cause of unplanned outages at some of its power stations, a senior Eskom generation official said on Tuesday.

“Our aspiration is to end load-shedding by end of the week,” Eskom’s Andrew Etzinger told Reuters, using a term for controlled power cuts.

Eskom implemented a third day of power cuts on Tuesday because of a shortage of generating capacity. Some analysts have speculated that disgruntled union members could have sabotaged some Eskom units over government plans to split the utility.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Catherine Evans

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