“The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) is gravely concerned about the parlous situation in which Eskom finds itself,” said SACCI president Vusi Khumalo.
“The potential impacts that load shedding will have on business, business confidence and consumers is inestimable.”
SACCI believes that in situations such as this, it is not only in the interests of business but of the country as a whole, that concerted and unified action is necessary.
“For this reason SACCI has undertaken, through its membership, to work with Eskom, a member in good standing, to find workable solutions to the problems,” added Khumalo.
“SACCI has therefore appealed to its members to submit any proposals that they may have to alleviate the situation, for joint consideration by Eskom and SACCI.”
Khumalo urged consumers to limit the amount of electricity they consume.
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“In the meantime SACCI appeals to consumers to limit the use of electricity as far as possible such as, but not limited to, switching off all unnecessary lights and appliances,” he said.
“Consumers are urged to consult the municipal and the Eskom websites to become aware of load shedding schedules that affect their area and to plan activities accordingly.”