Telkom Business, a leading advocate for small to medium businesses, is shedding light on the detrimental impact of load shedding on local enterprises. Load shedding, implemented by the country’s power utility company to manage electricity demand, has emerged as a critical obstacle, hindering operations, profitability, and overall contribution to the South African economy.
Load shedding forces businesses into a constant state of uncertainty and disruption due to power supply shortages or infrastructure challenges. The unpredictable power outages inflict significant financial losses, disrupt production schedules, hamper customer service, and erode consumer confidence. In such an environment, small to medium businesses face immense challenges to remain competitive and sustainable.
Smaller businesses, already grappling with limited resources and fierce competition, bear the brunt of the burden. Unlike larger corporations, they lack the financial capacity to invest in alternative power sources or backup systems, leaving them vulnerable to the adverse effects of load shedding.
“I firmly believe that the implications of load shedding reach far beyond mere disruptions. Small to medium enterprises are the backbone of our economy, driving growth, generating employment, and fostering innovation. Yet, the recurring nature of load shedding restricts their true potential, hindering job creation and placing their global competitiveness at risk. It is imperative that we address this challenge to unleash the full power of our businesses and ensure a prosperous South Africa for all.” said Makgosi Mabaso, Managing Executive : Home and business solution at Telkom Business
Telkom Business is actively encouraging small to medium businesses to explore alternative measures to mitigate the effects of load shedding. These measures include adopting energy-efficient practices, investing in renewable energy solutions, and establishing robust contingency plans to minimise disruptions during power outages.
To support businesses in their efforts to overcome load shedding challenges, Telkom Business is introducing an exclusive solution. The Core Fibre Lite package which offers reliable internet connectivity with speeds of either 40 mbps or 20 mbps for R549pm. This comprehensive deal includes free installation and a router. Additionally, to ensure uninterrupted operations during load shedding, businesses can enhance their setup with an inverter trolley starting from only R420pm.
Telkom Business aims to empower small to medium businesses to unleash their full potential and drive the nation’s economic prosperity. By addressing the challenges posed by load shedding and providing practical solutions, South Africa can create an enabling environment where businesses can thrive, even amidst power outages.