South Africa's Eskom to implement power cuts on Wednesday

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Sinovuyo Bhungane (R), 9, looks on as her studies are interrupted by her cousin Yonga, as she studies using candle light during load shedding in Soweto February 3, 2015.    REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Sinovuyo Bhungane (R), 9, looks on as her studies are interrupted by her cousin Yonga, as she studies using candle light during load shedding in Soweto February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South African power utility Eskom said on Wednesday it would cut up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the national grid from 1700 local time (1500 GMT) until 2200 (2000 GMT).

“This is due to a shortage of generating capacity as several units are currently out of service due to maintenance,” the state-owned company said in a statement.