Electricity U-turns irk businesses

Businesses are losing billions of rands not only through loadshedding, but because Eskom often fails to stick to power outage schedules.

Eskom is implementing load-shedding as demand for power outstrips supply due to technical problems at some of its power plants.

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting chief executive Peggy Drodskie said power outages were taking their toll on small businesses.

“You tell your staff they needn’t come to work today because there is not going to be electricity, and then you find there is electricity and you’ve lost production,” she said.

Eastern Cape Small Business Network founder and director Lwandiso Mpetsheni said it was evident that power outages were here to stay.

-Cindy Preller 

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