Eskom warns of likely South African power cuts due to protests


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s struggling state power firm Eskom warned on Monday that there was a high risk of electricity cuts this week, as wage protests disrupted its operations for the second month in a row.

Eskom, which supplies more than 90 percent of the electricity in Africa’s most industrialized economy, has been grappling with labor unrest as it tries to reverse a decade of steep financial decline by cutting costs.

It was forced to implement controlled power outages for three days in June after its initial refusal to raise salaries triggered a round of protests.

The threat of further outages had appeared to recede after Eskom offered to raise salaries by around 7 percent annually over the next three years, but trade unions want bonuses to be paid before they agree a…

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