Blackouts lasting up to seven hours a day are grinding South Africa to a halt. Corruption and mismanagement of the state-owned electricity firm are to blame.
South Africa is facing severe electricity crisis, causing power cuts and mine closures. President Cyril Ramaphosa has had to cut short his official visit to Egypt and come home to deal with the problem.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's three-day trip to South Africa and Angola will address migration. But expect economic talks to get plenty of attention as well.
South Africa's government is bailing out the bankrupt state-owned electricity provider Eskom. But the company's restructuring plans are still too vague, critics say. And power cuts persist.
Angela Merkel signaled her support for the presidents of South Africa and Angola during a visit to the region this week. In the view of the German government, they are leaders who stand for change.
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