South African Utilities: Rolling Blackouts and Day Zero

    May 19, 2020 @ 05:35 PM / by Zach Rossignol


    This February I surveyed Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, South Africa. After 30+ travel hours from Boston, I arrived in Cape Town eager to decompress in my hotel room. Once there, front desk staff informed me that I could not check in yet because the power was down. They explained that the typical length of a blackout is two hours and this one had started about a minute after my arrival.

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