There’s so much hype around Tesla that people around the world, including in SA, placed $1,000 deposits to secure a Model 3 before the car had even been seen. Rumours have been building that Tesla is coming to SA, fuelled by the usual stream of information from its CEO, Elon Musk, who last tweeted that it will “probably” be here before the end of 2019.

That’s looking increasingly unlikely and numerous requests by Business Day to Tesla in Europe and California have been met with silence or a simple “we will only know when Elon tells us”...

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