Deeper into the dark

Janine Myburgh, president, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry is shocked by the sudden dramatic increase in load shedding.

How is it possible for six units to go down at the same time? It is just too much of a coincidence, and we must ask if this is not another case of sabotage?

Sabotage was blamed for a previous bout of load shedding, but the form it took was never explained to the public, except for workers who prevented coal deliveries from taking place.

Stage 4 load shedding is very serious indeed, and it will affect commerce and industry. This will also affect the jobs of other workers, especially in heavy industry and it is time that workers whose jobs are at risk raised their voices.

The new crisis will affect business confidence and I can see foreign investors turning away and looking elsewhere for investment opportunities.

To make matters worse the blow has come in the middle of the tourist season and at a vital time for agriculture, two of our most important industries.

In the long term, it will also mean more businesses and homeowners making decisions to go off the grid leading to further problems for Eskom and its staff.