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Load shedding casts shadow over tourism industry

Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding across the country today affecting all businesses.

Electricity pylon. Picture: EPA/OMER SALEEM.

CAPE TOWN - South African Tourism says all businesses dealing with tourists will be affected in one way or another as South Africa experiences ongoing power cuts.

Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding across the country today which is expected to continue up until 10 o' clock tonight.

The National Tourism Agency's Thulani Nzima says while load shedding is not unique to South Africa the situation still causes an element of frustration among visitors.

"All businesses will be affected whether you are talking about transport logistics, those that are taking tourists to see the attractions, anywhere in South Africa.

"When traffic lights are not working well people cannot make it on time to their various destinations."

Eskom says its pump storage power stations are recovering well and the national grid is looking good for tomorrow.

This is the third weekend of power cuts after the utility warned on Friday that it had a major problem and declared stage three load shedding.

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

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

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger said, "We are busy with load shedding stage two and will continue with that for the rest of Sunday. The pump storage power stations are recovering well and will put us in a good position for Monday."

Yesterday the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) said the current electricity crises could have been averted had government invested more in the power utility.

The union warned that load shedding will have a disastrous effect on jobs and the country's ailing economy.

Click here to view Eskom's load shedding schedule.

Click here for an interactive map of the load shedding schedule in Cape Town.