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Manufacturing production saw its sharpest contraction in more than a year in October, as a confluence of events including labour action and load-shedding conspired to hammer the industry, according to economists. 

Factory output slumped 8.9% year on year in October, according to data released from Stats SA on Thursday showed, its worst levels since August 2020 and even worse than the 4.8% decline in July when civil unrest tore through KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng and SA faced a level 4 lockdown...

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