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Power crisis strikes small businesses in South Africa

South Africa is the continent's most advanced economy. It has transport and telecommunications infrastructures that are the envy of other African nations, as well as some of the most sophisticated mining and banking operations in the world.

But to function properly, it needs power and South Africa has been experiencing a power crisis for some months.

A lack of investment and maintenance over the past decade has brought the country's main electricity provider, Eskom, to its knees and power outages or load-shedding are commonplace.

Businesses - both large and small - have been battling to survive and many smaller firms have gone under.

The BBC's Lerato Mbele went to find out more for Africa Business Report.

  • 12 Jun 2015
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