The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) have submitted a list of suggestions to ease load shedding compiled by their members to assist Eskom in solving the current crisis.
President of SACCI ,Mr Vusi Khumalo, attended a stakeholder meeting hosted by Eskom, to discuss available solutions to the current power situation.
SACCI presented a diverse set of short, medium and long term measures which could be implemented.
The short term (1 – 3 weeks):
- Because of the impact that load shedding has on economic growth, keep it to residential areas (during the day) and ensure that commerce and industry can continue to operate.
- Allow business to operate in shifts without the need to compensate labour for work outside normal hours – some businesses to operate from 08h00 to 16h00, others 16h00 to 24h00 and others 24h00 to 08h00. This was done in China by government decree. We could consider a proclamation.
- Introduce a three shift system at Medupi and Kusile speed up their entry into the grid
The medium term (4 weeks to 3 months):
- Get all industries that generate their own power to sell to the grid immediately
- Deal with electricity theft
- Collect outstanding debt owed to municipalities by consumers
The long term:
- Privatise Eskom
- Invite foreign investors to build power stations – ranging from nuclear to solar to wind generation
Pending a response
The document was presented to Eskom and to the War Room assembled by Deputy President Ramaphosa for consideration.
SACCI explained that the content included in the document was only a few of the many possible solutions to combat the problem.
View the full SACCI member contributions document.