South Africa declares state of national disaster to end blackouts – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national disaster on Thursday in a bid to fast-track efforts to tackle a record electricity shortage that has put the brakes on economic growth in Africa’s most industrialised economy.
“We are therefore declaring a national state of disaster to respond to the electricity crisis and its impact,” Ramaphosa said in a keynote annual address that was delayed by opposition lawmakers who tried to block him from delivering it.

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