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Inconsistent load shedding schedules affecting businesses

Southern Africa

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There is no immediate solution to South Africa’s energy constraints. PHOTO: vocfm

Janine Myburgh, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has said that it would be easier for companies if load shedding was kept at a single stage for a full day, so that power outages would be more predictable.

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“In a simple office situation you might know that your computers are going to be down for a two-hour period in the morning so you could schedule your staff and other meetings for this downtime. In a workshop or a factory this is even more important,” she said.

“A predictable schedule could put employers in a position to change working hours or shifts, introduce an early-closing day or move lunchbreaks into the dead time." 

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However, Valerie Geen, head of energy at the National Business Initiative (NBI), stated that companies should also be proactive in reducing their consumption and energy costs.

“South Africa is facing a serious energy crisis currently and with further delays in bringing Medupi and Kusile on-stream, it is critical that all such options are looked into,” she said.