Companies in Mkondeni hit by outages

2014-06-27 00:00

DAILY power outages in Mkondeni industrial area are threatening business operations and putting livelihoods at risk.

Businesses located in the area have suffered such debilitating power cuts that they are now considering moving away. This could affect as many as 300 jobs.

The outages are allegedly caused by the illegal connections by residents of the nearby Sakha informal settlement. The connections are made to a a sub-station in Shortts Retreat Road that supplies the businesses.

A businessman who declined to be named said the crisis had forced them to put some of their employees on short time. “They will come to work but as we don’t have electricity we send them home; they might be losing their jobs and we are planning to get better premises for the business outside this city.

“It’s been three days this week with no electricity at the factory and the machines cannot run.”

Property investor and businessman Shaaz Moosa told The Witness that they notified municipality about the problem but nothing was done.

Business people in the area said they are afraid to disclose the names of affected companies as this could lead to them being targeted by illegal connectors.

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