Eskom and the government have pleaded for patience as they struggle to deal with severe power cuts that have crippled parts of the economy and threaten to become a key battleground in elections due in less than two months. At a media briefing that was short of answers on when load-shedding might end, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan apologised to the nation on Tuesday. "We understand the frustration," Gordhan said. "We don’t have a magic formula. There is a huge struggle ahead of us to overcome this crisis." PODCAST: Listen to expert commentary on the issue. Subscribe: | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Casts | The operational crisis at the utility is at its worst yet as stage four load-shedding was implemented for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday, infuriating  the electorate. Indications are that previous commitments to end load-shedding by April may not be met, meaning power cuts could run into the May 8 general election. In a sign of the potential c...

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