Eskom has warned of persistent high stages of load-shedding this winter with a high likelihood of reaching stages 7 and 8, setting off alarm bells across industries over the consequences, including the possibility of substantial output cuts at the Volkswagen car factory in Gqeberha.

At a news conference to present Eskom’s power supply and demand plan for June, July and August, chair Mpho Makwana said the power system was severely constrained...

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