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Egyptians open makeshift study halls as power cuts hit students

Egyptians open makeshift study halls as power cuts hit students

IN Egypt, where a shortage of natural gas has caused rolling blackouts during a heatwave, churches, cafes and libraries have stepped up to help students study for their crucial high-school exams. The venues that have their own power generators, which also include sports centres and wedding halls, have opened to students struggling at home with power cuts that were officially extended this week to three hours daily. Egypt generates most of its electricity from burning natural gas. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said Egypt would need to import $1.18 billion of mazut fuel oil and natural gas to end power cuts…
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MTN invests $84-million in network security after vandalism, theft

MTN invests $84-million in network security after vandalism, theft

NQOBILE DLUDLA ROLLING power cuts, vandalism and battery theft have forced MTN Group's South African arm to invest 1.5 billion rands ($84 million) to ensure its mobile network operates effectively. South African state electricity utility Eskom is implementing the worst rolling blackouts on record as its ageing coal plants fail, leaving households and businesses in Africa's most advanced economy in the dark for up to 10 hours a day. The telecom industry in particular is having to crank up diesel generators to power its vast towers, roll out additional batteries and increase security to protect them from theft and vandalism, costs…
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