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Session 82

Power cuts in South Africa enter a fourth day. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

South Africa power cuts enter fourth day

Electricity cuts in South Africa are causing economic difficulties.

Language challenge

Complete this sentence: The company suffers from gross ____management.

a) mal
b) dis
c) mis

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The story

South Africans are facing a fourth day of severe power cuts. The troubled, state-run firm, Eskom, has appealed to customers to turn off all non-essential lights and appliances. The power cuts have caused transport problems in Johannesburg with many traffic lights switched off. South Africa's ageing network has suffered from years of mismanagement.

Key words and phrases

periods of no light or electricity

• The earthquake destroyed the power station, resulting in a city-wide blackout.
• The government ordered a blackout so the enemy planes can't target the city at night.

double whammy
two bad things happening at the same time

• Catherine had the double whammy of forgetting both her keys and her buss pass.
• Rising taxes and low sales brought the business a double whammy of bad luck.

light at the end of (the) tunnel
sign that a difficult situation will improve or end

• I was wrong. Now I've studied a bit more, there's light at the end of the tunnel.
• After winning the lottery, I saw light at the end of the tunnel for my money worries.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

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Language challenge answer

c) mis


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