For years, South Africa's power stations have been neglected, as a consequence of mismanagement and corruption. So the state-owned energy company Eskom has had to limit output, causing power cuts.
Chancellor Merkel met with South Africa's president to discuss how his country can move towards renewable energy to fight climate change. The pair also discusses the war in Libya and business investments in South Africa.
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 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.
A number of recent indicators suggest that the world's second-largest economy is on its way back to normalcy. Tuesday's PMI index is a case in point, but analysts warn that China's woes are far from over.
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