Eskom Irks South Africa Ruling Party as Energy Crisis Drags On

Top South African ruling party leaders expressed concern that the country’s worst-ever power outages are damaging its popularity and that the minister overseeing the national power utility has presented no new solutions, people familiar with the matter said.

Members of the African National Congress’s national executive committee concluded a three-day meeting on Monday to discuss the energy crisis. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. last week began cutting as much as 6,000 megawatts, or about a fifth of demand, from the national grid after a pay strike disrupted its operations. Those outages snarled traffic, halted businesses and resulted in a deluge of negative headlines and public criticism of the government.