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Repeated power outages weigh on small businesses

From barbers and hairdressers to takeaways and laundromats, small businesses are directly at risk from the sudden and often escalating outages.

FILE: A business owner closes his store due to a power outage. Photo: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

CAPE TOWN — Power cuts may have been eased Friday morning, but the damage was done to small businesses.

This week, Eskom first implemented stage two power cuts, before suddenly moving to stage four due to further outages.

The system recovered on Thursday and overnight the blackouts fell in stage three, before being eased in stage two at 5 a.m. Friday morning.

From barbers and hairdressers to takeaways and laundromats, small businesses are directly at risk from sudden and often escalating outages.

It’s lunchtime and a power outage prevents the Fish and Chips Basket from turning on its fryers.

“Every customer says ‘it’s cold’. People don’t like cold things. They come for the fish and chips but I don’t have the fries, only the fish but it’s cold,” Moehidur said. Rahman, store manager. noted.

He decides to close 30 minutes later.

“We’ve got nothing left inside – no fish, no chips, so what are we going to do?” he explained.

He has to wait for the power to be restored, but by then lunchtime will be over and his customers will be gone.



Repeated power outages weigh on small businesses

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