South Africa to construct new power transmission lines in northern province

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's Department of Public Works and Infrastructure said Friday that it has started the process to construct electricity transmission lines in Limpopo Province.

"The current transmission lines in Limpopo are inadequate and unable to meet the electricity demands of the people in the region. Eskom (South Africa's state power utility), therefore, needs to strengthen its electricity network by upgrading an existing substation to increase the capacity of the power transmission system," the department said in a statement.

"The energy crisis requires us all to work together for the greater good such as ensuring the provision of the necessary infrastructure to enhance electricity supply," the department said.

South Africa is currently facing a severe shortage of electricity, and the load-shedding lasts for more than six hours every day.

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