Durban - Durban businesses are considering asking the municipality if they can voluntarily load-shed twice a week for eight hours at a time.
The idea is that they would not have any more load shedding for the rest of the week.
“The advantage of this is that business would be able to shift between maintenance and production in a more optimal fashion, thus maximising production efficiency, reducing idle time and managing labour more pro-actively,” said Alta Keyter, marketing and communication manager of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which hosted an “Energy Crisis” meeting on Friday.
“While the chamber understands the necessity of load shedding to prevent a potential national blackout, the chief executive, Dumile Cele, believes there is scope for the private sector to develop solutions... to help us service the crisis,” Keyter said on Sunday.
Businesses told of significant financial costs being incurred as a result of load shedding: one Pinetown company said one session had meant a R4 million loss.