Spreading the love

2019-02-26 06:00
Councillors accompanied Alan Winde, Western Cape minister for community safety, and Ricardo Mackenzie, member of the Provincial Parliament, in handing out roses to staff of Mitchell's Butchery.

Councillors accompanied Alan Winde, Western Cape minister for community safety, and Ricardo Mackenzie, member of the Provincial Parliament, in handing out roses to staff of Mitchell's Butchery.

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On Valentine’s Day, Alan Winde, Western Cape minister for community safety, and Ricardo Mackenzie, member of the Provincial Parliament, visited Mitchell’s Butchery in Woodlands to witness first-hand the impact load shedding has on small businesses.

The owner, Nawaz Sablay, said he was on the verge of losing a client as he had been down for several hours the previous week due to level 4 load shedding.

Mackenzie said: “It has a direct impact on the profitability of his business. It also affects his cold chain as the fridges go on and off. Alan spoke to the staff and the management including the owner, Sablay of Mitchell’s Butchery, and also asked GreenCape Western Cape, which has renewable solutions such as solar panels, to get in contact with Mitchell’s Butchery and see how they can assist them in times of load shedding.” .

GreenCape, a government entity, will get in contact with Mitchell’s Butchery some time this week.

Winde also handed out roses to all the women staff members and cheered up their day as they sat outside waiting for the lights to go on.

“The impact of load shedding on these breadwinners is scary because if they cannot work it has the potential for them not to receive income for their families and some of these women are sole breadwinners. We need to make sure we get load shedding out of the way as soon as possible as load shedding equals job shedding. We cannot create one South Africa for all if we have continuous load shedding,” said Mackenzie.

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