Monday, 02 February 2015 02:00

Load shedding costing businesses millions

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South Africa has just been braced by recent continuous load shedding episodes, which is costing businesses millions.

Tshediso Matona Eskom

On its website Eskom states that load shedding occurs due to the fact that, the utility must continue with the planned maintenance of its generation plant, as this will enable a sustainable generation plant going forward.

However, businesses which have no generator power back-up are losing in the regions of millions, particularly in the mining, banking, technology, construction and perishable foods industries.

A dark cloud has been hanging on the frequency of the scheduled load shedding, with the utility giving mixed signals, with weekly updates of the affected areas, which changes as we go along.
Eskom says that power cuts and load shedding are a direct result of lack of maintenance to an extent that the power just cuts off on its own.

However, despite the renewable energy buzz more than five years ago, the national grid still heavily relies on fossil fuels. India and Palestine have successfully switched to solar power to survive load shedding and this solution has kept the lights of households and businesses on. But countries such as Nigeria still struggle with providing ongoing electricity for its citizens.

The Parkhurst Residents' and Business Owners' Association has now embarked on a project which aims to get over 2 000 homes in Parkhurst off the Eskom grid, aiming to be self-sustainable by 2020.

Though ordinary South Africans and businesses are up in arms each time their areas get switched, it's advisable for those affected to explore solar energy and other sources of power generation such as generators, to curb losses suffered during load shedding.

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