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Loadshedding: Cape Town's Lights Go Out - The Salt Box
Yet again, South Africa’s electricity supplier, Eskom, has pulled the plug on the nation. This leaves tens of thousands of families in the Western Cape in darkness. And with winter around the corner, what can be done? Cape Town residents are furious at the fact that this issue has again reared its ugly head. Eskom is notorious for being unreliable and, more than just infuriating those living in Cape Town has financially impacted businesses too. What is load shedding? Load shedding is a colloquial term for power outages and is caused by electricity supply being cut. The term is used predominantly in South Africa. a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout. according to Eskom, the supplier of electricity in South Africa The power outages are caused by the generators capacities not being able to meet the country’s electricity demands. The city asks residents to reduce power usage, and switch off unneccesary appliances. The unreliability of power supply is creating serious stress among small business owners, as well as residents. Food waste increases because refrigeration is simply not available. This results in additional costs for consumers needing to throw away …