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Businesses bear the brunt of load shedding

A number of businesses have complained that they are battling to make a profit due to Eskom's load shedding.

A number of businesses have complained that they are battling to make a profit due to Eskom's load shedding. Picture: Free Images.

CAPE TOWN - A number of businesses have complained that they are battling to make a profit due to Eskom's load shedding.

The power utility says stage two load shedding is now underway to relieve pressure on the national grid.

Stage two means the frequency of power cuts has been increased.

Stage three load shedding was implemented yesterday after two power generators needed to undergo urgent maintenance.

This is the third consecutive weekend of power cuts.

A Cape Town nightclub manager says while they have a generator, when the lights go out, party-goers don't feel safe.

"We lose our customers because they don't feel safe in the dark."

He says the constant on-and-off affects their stock, leading to additional expenses in the busy festive season.

"We are forced to buy extra ice to keep the drinks cold."

Meanwhile, local employees say they fear the power disruption cuts into the business's profits and their Christmas bonuses.

Eskom says it's still battling to deal with depleted water and diesel reserves and technical problems at its power stations.

The power utility has been experiencing problems since the collapse of a coal silo at the Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga last month.

The collapse led to rolling blackouts across the country on 2 November.

For a detailed load shedding schedule, click here.