South Africa’s state power company was “let down” by contractors including Alstom SA and Hitachi Power Africa, whose errors helped delay the startup of Africa’s biggest power plant for more than two years, according to the utility’s former finance director, Paul O’Flaherty.
Cyril Ramaphosa will take over management of the economy and implement a 20-year government plan after being appointed South Africa’s deputy president following May 7 elections, according to two people familiar with the plans of the ruling party.
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. began rolling scheduled blackouts in South Africa for the first time in six years after rain disrupted the state-run utility’s supply of coal, burned to generate more than 80 percent of power.
South African Airways, the state- owned airline, needs to start flights to every African capital city and cut routes to destinations on other continents, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said.
South African Airways, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest airline by passengers, may set up hubs in East and West Africa as it seeks to expand profitable African routes and compete with companies including Kenya Airways Ltd. and Ethiopian Airlines.
South African Airways is in talks to buy a stake in Senegal Airlines as the continent’s biggest carrier seeks to counter expansion strategies at competitors Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise and Kenya Airways Ltd.