Johannesburg - The implementation of load shedding by the state-owned power utility Eskom has been devastating to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), said Jeremy Lang, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited.
Eskom unexpectedly began rolling out power cuts this week, taking load shedding to unprecedented Stage 4 at some point, after saying that it had lost at least six power generating units.
Stage 4 load shedding means that up to 4 000 MW of the national grid is shed, cutting off power supply for at least four hours in Johannesburg areas. It has been reported that load shedding in South Africa at Stage 2 would cost the productive economy about R2 billion a day.
Lang said in order for SME owners to limit this impact, they need to know exactly how the lack of consistent energy supply is affecting their businesses specifically.
"For example, some businesses can accommodate producing goods and services around the load shedding schedules, however, other businesses may rely on passing trade at a specific time of the day. If this is the case, then load shedding can be detrimental," he said.