WATCH: The heavy cost of load shedding on farmers
North West Province based chicken farmer Herman Du Preez is still counting his losses after 40, 000 of his broiler chickens suffocated and died due to power supply disruptions which affected the small farming town of Lichtenburg earlier this year.
A chicken project at Rooiwal Agripark on January 11, 2023 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Rapport/Elizabeth Sejake)
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In recent years South Africa’s power generation has become so inadequate that the continent’s most developed economy must cope with rolling power blackouts for up to eight to 10 hours per day. This has had an adverse impact on business, from small to large operations.