Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
2 minute read
15 Nov 2021
4:45 am

Load shedding threatens farmers lives, physically and financially

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Farmers can't irrigate or plant, while workers face dark, dangerous walks home and days without productivity.

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Farmers struggling to irrigate and plant, dark, dangerous walks home for workers and days without productivity are just a few of the problems brought on by load shedding in rural South Africa. The National African Farmers’ Union (Nafu) has sounded the alarm on increased threats to safety and the livelihoods of farm workers, farmers and rural communities. The union warns that food security is already a growing concern. This is in the backdrop of increasing interruptions in the national power grid, as Eskom scrambles to halt the domino-effect of generating unit breakdowns at its major power stations. While urban areas...