Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler commented on Eskom’s recent unexpected load shedding today saying: “Out of necessity, and as part of their efforts to protect themselves from electricity outages, many businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay have effective contingency plans in place to deal with load shedding and power outages.
A reliable and sustainable supply of electricity is critical to every business operating in Nelson Mandela Bay and South Africa. We join the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its call for clear and regular communication from Eskom to business on the status of the power grid, and advocate for absolute transparency to enable business to adapt and plan ahead.
Load shedding has immediate and serious consequences for business, not least in the retail and manufacturing sectors, and could disproportionately affect small businesses that do not have the benefit of contingency plans. The Eastern Cape is home to many automotive manufacturers, and the impact will be felt in terms of their production output.
The reputational damage to South African as a result of this incident should not be underestimated.
It is a blow to the country and the economy, and it sows seeds of doubt regarding South Africa’s ability to support and sustain investments on a global scale.”
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