South Africa faces worst power crisis, Ramaphosa briefed

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The chief executive of South Africa’s state power utility Eskom, Andre de Ruyter, said on Friday that he had briefed President Cyril Ramaphosa on an ongoing electricity crisis.

Eskom has implemented the worst power cuts the country has seen in more than two years this week.

It blamed the outages on striking workers hampering efforts to bring faulty generation units back online.

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“We fully briefed the president on the situation. … We discussed a number of potential options,” de Ruyter told a news conference, refusing to divulge what was discussed.

The meetings with the president included Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, he added.

Ramaphosa’s government has been trying to reform Eskom to make it more efficient, but progress has been slow.

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