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Load shedding: Small business owners are losing money

Many business owners have introduced flexitime for workers and are using generators to power the essentials.

Picture: Pixabay.com

CAPE TOWN - Small business owners across the country are doing whatever they can to mitigate the impact of load shedding.

South Africans have once again been saddled with stage 4 blackouts with warnings from Eskom that the power crisis was likely to last for at least another six months.

Cape Chamber says load shedding may ruin small businesses

Many business owners have introduced flexitime for workers and are using generators to power the essentials.

In Cape Town, a Pelican Park barber said his pregnant wife was about to go on maternity leave and they would rely on his income.

The father-to-be said he had already lost clients as a result of the rolling blackouts.

“Some people come from far and have been travelling long distances to come to my shop, to only find out that electricity has gone out [and] it’s frustrating. That causes me to lose money as they go to other shops.”

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