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Contingency plan for power cuts a necessity

Southern Africa

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South Africa currently has an unstable electricity supply. PHOTO: Survival News Online

“With load shedding becoming a regular occurrence in the country, it is necessary for body corporates to evaluate each facility within the development that relies on electricity,” said Sandak-Lewin Property Trust chief executive, David Rebe.

“[This is] to ensure that residents are prepared for the various challenges that come with power cuts, such as inoperative security booms and alarms, electric gates and lifts within the development.”

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This is in light of South Africa’s unstable electricity supply and warnings that there may be power cuts during the summer, with Rebe also stating that power outages could result in security breaches.

“Security gates and booms can malfunction if the power is cut, leaving the complex vulnerable to trespassers,” he said.  

“Moreover, no lighting within the complex during a power outage can also pose a safety threat to tenants. Therefore the need for physical security barriers such as burglar bars and security gates on apartments doors and windows must seriously considered by owners.”

Rebe added that while a back-up generator would ensure that these issues are handled in the event of a power outage, the cost of a generator may be too excessive for some property managers or body corporates to pay.

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He also emphasised the need for a body corporate to alert tenants of scheduled power cuts and to highlight what facilities will not be available or working when the electricity supply is switched off.