A perfect storm may engulf Eskom and labour unions as they start a new round of wage talks this month.

The embattled power utility is fighting fires on many fronts. It has a R464bn debt book; capacity issues that make it a perpetual struggle to keep the lights on; infighting amid a post-state-capture clean-up; and a board-initiated investigation into allegations of racism against CEO André de Ruyter. Wage talks between the utility and its two largest trade unions will only add to its woes...

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