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Cosatu: Load shedding could cut more jobs

Businesses are taking strain and many people are trying to work around electricity cuts during the day.

FILE. Businesses have taken strain and many people are trying to work around electricity cuts during the day. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - As South Africans brace themselves for another day of load shedding, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says there's a strong possibility that jobs will be lost due to regular power cuts.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Tuesday reported the unemployment rate declined to 24.3 percent from 25.4 percent, but Cosatu says it's too early to celebrate.

Eskom says load shedding will be a reality for the foreseeable future because it simply doesn't have enough generating capacity to meet electricity demand.

South Africans have had to deal with load shedding for the past few weeks; something Eskom had warned would become a regular occurrence.

Businesses have taken strain and many people are trying to work around electricity cuts during the day.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says load shedding could have a major impact on jobs.

"There's a strong probability that jobs could be lost as a result and even more, I think jobs will not be created because of uncertainty about the reliability of power."

Eskom says load shedding is likely to happen today, but it cannot predict what stage or what time this will occur.

Take a look at EWN 's feature on how to survive load shedding.

To view load shedding schedules in your area, click here.