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In March 2020, just a few weeks after André de Ruyter took the reins at Eskom, he issued a prescient warning. “The time for an intervention is now,” he said. “If we do nothing, stage 8 [load-shedding] will be a regular event by June 2021.”

De Ruyter’s plea was unequivocal: add another 4,000MW-6,000MW to the grid urgently to allow Eskom to do vital (and much-delayed) maintenance on its ageing power plants, like those at Kendal, Duvha and Tutuka...

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