Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
3 minute read
28 Oct 2021
5:00 am

Stage 4 load shedding cripples businesses – and costs about R2.8bn

Asanda Matlhare

Business owners say Eskom’s announcement could have not come at a worse time.

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Stage 4 load shedding may just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many South Africans, having survived brutal extended lockdowns which brought the country’s economy to its knees. Melville’s Duke’s Burgers owner Ari Shapiro said Eskom’s announcement could have not come at a worse time. “Stage 4 until Friday is devastating. We have generators, but they have a limited capacity, which means they can only run the lights and a few essential things. Load shedding affects what we can serve – and it is little,” Shapiro said. “The kitchen can operate, but not at full capacity, meaning...