More South African blackouts expected Friday - Eskom

by Reuters
Thursday, 6 March 2014 15:45 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, March 6 (Reuters) - South African state electricity utility Eskom will lift its power "emergency" at 2000 GMT on Thursday but rolling blackouts are likely to resume on Friday morning, a spokesman said.

"We are still in a serious situation. The outlook at this stage is not favourable. There's a high probability of load shedding for tomorrow as well but we'll confirm that once we've done our final planning," spokesman Andrew Etzinger said.

Eskom imposed rolling blackouts for the first time since 2008 on Thursday morning after heavy rains soaked coal supplies. (Reporting by Xola Potelwa; Editing by Ed Cropley)