uasa thumb medium70 84ANA reports that according to the United Association of SA (Uasa), rolling blackouts by state-owned electricity utility Eskom were hurting small businesses the most, as many could not afford fuel-powered generators for alternative sources of energy.  

In a statement on Monday, Uasa’s Stanford Mazhindu said Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s "valiant" efforts to bring Eskom under control about a year ago had "failed miserably" as shown by the company being forced to implement unprecedented "stage 6" load shedding to avoid tripping the national grid as its generating units broke down.  Lamenting that SA was in “deep trouble’, Mazhindu went on to state:  "A short stroll down a busy small business area during load shedding indicates just how dire the situation is.  People sitting outside because they cannot work.  Kitchens, laundries, opticians, veterinary clinics are closed and therefore losing money.  Micro businesses are hit the hardest as many cannot afford generators. Micro and medium sized business employers will soon be unable to afford to pay staff and more South Africans will join the masses of the unemployed," he added.  "The cumulative effect and cost of load shedding on the average South African is devastating," Mazhindu said.


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