* Bigger battle to save state power firm Eskom looms
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JOHANNESBURG South Africa is scrambling to secure extra funding to rescue South African Airways (SAA), which last month entered a form of bankruptcy protection in a last-ditch bid to save the state-owned company and around 10,000 related jobs.
* Several dozen union workers stage picket
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* Financial decline continued on his watch
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* Outlook shows constrained system for months
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JOHANNESBURG Eskom's new chief executive took charge of the crisis-plagued utility on Monday, embarking sooner than planned on the mammoth task of fixing a national power deficit and restructuring debts that have hobbled South Africa's economy.
LISBON/JOHANNESBURG/LAGOS Angola has frozen the assets of Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the country's previous leader, in a sign that President João Lourenço is taking a tougher line against the former first family.
JOHANNESBURG South Africa's government on Friday asked industry for the cheapest and quickest options to ease a power crunch, as cabinet held an emergency meeting to try and resolve a crisis threatening growth in Africa's most industrialized economy.
* Government asks industry for solutions
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JOHANNESBURG State utility Eskom will work to stabilise the power grid by the end of March following South Africa's most severe blackouts in a decade, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. | Video