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 Members of a movement calling itself Not in My Name and members of the Azanian People’s Organisation marched to the National Energy Regulator of SA’s offices in Pretoria to protest against the recently approved 18% electricity tariff increase Photo: tebogo letsie
Members of a movement calling itself Not in My Name and members of the Azanian People’s Organisation marched to the National Energy Regulator of SA’s offices in Pretoria to protest against the recently approved 18% electricity tariff increase Photo: tebogo letsie

BUSINESS

After a reprieve of a day or so of stage 6 load shedding, Eskom said it would implement stage 5 from Friday afternoon. It then changed its mind again and said the country would remain on stage 4, demonstrating the level of uncertainty that businesses and citizens have to deal with every day. This makes it almost impossible to plan.

Dawie Roodt, a director at Efficient Group, said the erratic nature of load shedding made it impossible for businesses to plan and operate efficiently, even to the extent that they cannot decide whether to switch on machinery that gets damaged when there are power outages. Sometimes, they choose not to switch them on at all, at great cost to businesses and the economy.

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