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Load shedding and the economy
« on: March 18, 2019, 03:14:23 pm »
While the load shedding is merely an inconvenience to me, other than the cost of running a generator, how
is it affecting the rest on the WD clan, and thus the economy as a whole ?
Will this affect tourism etc.
Lets hear your views.
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2019, 03:45:33 pm »
 Irrigation farmers with big centre pivots have to give +- 8 mm of water per day to maize this time of year. Having all these power cuts it gets impossible to do it in 24 hours.
So less water less tons per hectare. :deal: >:(
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2019, 03:51:51 pm »
For me it is also an inconvenience with much longer travel times to clients and meetings, and the cost of running a generator at work, as well as one at home. The gennie in the complex where I live is somewhat thirsty, uses about R 5 500 rand per day worth of diesel
 

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2019, 04:03:09 pm »
 uses about R 5 500 rand per day worth of diesel

eina hel!!! :o :o
Split between how many home owners?
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2019, 04:11:24 pm »
uses about R 5 500 rand per day worth of diesel

eina hel!!! :o :o
Split between how many home owners?

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2019, 04:16:38 pm »
uses about R 5 500 rand per day worth of diesel

eina hel!!! :o :o
Split between how many home owners?

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Dit kan rof raak na n week se loop per maand. Sal ook nie sommer n hierjy portable gennie daai wees nie!! ;)
Ai sal darem gaaf wees indien mens die brandstof rekening vir Eskom kon stuur en jou geld terug kry, kanse is egter beter dat Bafana Bafana die world cup wen. :P >:(
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2019, 04:49:19 pm »
Besig om draad te maak. Vanoggend n vrag sparre gaan haal in PE, gesels toe met bestuurder by CWI. Hulle begin probleme ondervind met produksie. Die creosoot aanlegte raak agter met die creosoot van pale en sparre. Die proses neem etlike ure en gebruik hitte en druk, waarvoor elektrisiteit gebruik word. Met die kort intervalle van onderbrekings kan hulle nie n batch klaarmaak sonder om geraak te word nie. Dieselfde geld in die draad aanlegte, spesifiek mbt galvanisering. Wanneer die krag af was vir 2 ure neem dit tot 6 ure om al die prosesse weer aan die gang en op optimum temperatuur te kry. Sodra dit bereik word, gaan die krag weer af. Basies een groot fokop.
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2019, 07:10:46 pm »
I read this as 'besig om draad te trek'

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2019, 07:46:02 pm »
I read this as 'besig om draad te trek'

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Nee, hier is n span draadtrekkers wat die eintlike job doen.  ;D
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2019, 08:59:34 pm »
Taking a hit here at the dairy factory as well, especially the production areas where lots of heating, cooling and precise air pressures are constantly required. The generators on site simply can't run these capacities, as with most generators they're only suppose to keep critical points running for a short while until power is restored.  Having to restart several times daily results in raw product loss, lower output and therefor delivering short on existing orders. 
 

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2019, 09:16:53 pm »
For me it is also an inconvenience with much longer travel times to clients and meetings, and the cost of running a generator at work, as well as one at home.

Same: Loss in work hours. Difficult when you get paid by the hour.
Had to spend many hours on a project configuring the electrical side of AC units so that part of the system can run. Hours that would not be necessary if power was reliable.
 

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2019, 11:18:57 pm »
it doesn't bother me too much, but it's very bad for an already struggling economy - if this isn't sorted in the next week or two, we'll be back in a recession and more job losses - just a pity that it seems to have little effect on election outcomes   :'(
 
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2019, 11:33:13 pm »
I struggled to find a Generator today in PE.
Call after call I was told Sold out, next container will land in April, but that is also sold out.

In the end I bought one from a guy who brought a Container in himself from China. Regte stuk kak gennie but I need my computers to run otherwise my business is at a complete standstill. Okes that do have stock, is decent chit. But hey, I cant pay R25k for a 6kva gennie, or R145k for a 15kva  >:D

Having load shedding from 10am till 15h00 in the day aint no joke.

I saw 3 KFC's that closed doors around 16h00. Other fast food places also. These okes cant afford the price of a gennie that can run their shop, or the fuel to run it in any case. These big machines chow fuel.

Tiger Wheel close to us got a qoute for their shop, R300k. Head Office said no. So when its load shedding they all sit on the pavement and sleep.

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2019, 05:05:29 am »
Sandton in darkness already , power off.  :-\
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2019, 05:39:51 am »
Its a mess.


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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2019, 07:00:49 am »
When my factory stand, it costs me  about R15k per hour in staff, machine repayments, rent.... +++. Now I hear we have to be patient. How patient will the bank / finance company be come month end. Sick of this and we can do nothing.

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2019, 07:22:58 am »
When my factory stand, it costs me  about R15k per hour in staff, machine repayments, rent.... +++. Now I hear we have to be patient. How patient will the bank / finance company be come month end. Sick of this and we can do nothing.

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Except to invest in a proper generator, with the electrical switches etc to start on it's own when the power go down. I did this about 5 years ago, and although the power generated with this 4 cylinder diesel generator cost about 1.8 times the normal power, it is far cheaper than to have 55 employees sitting around doing nothing. It is a pian in the but because it is one more thing to be regularly tested, and maintained, but so far it has worked exceptionally well, without any hiccup
 

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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2019, 08:00:40 am »
I'm worried the diesel and petrol reserves won't last with all the generators running - Eskom also consumes stupid amounts of diesel to run their backup generating units.  When the fuel runs out, how will we carry on?
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2019, 08:12:27 am »
Projects an future investments are also jeopardised by Eskoms inability to provide power. The magnitude of this catastrophe is incalculable. Itís treason.
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Re: Load shedding and the economy
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2019, 08:52:19 am »
Projects an future investments are also jeopardised by Eskoms inability to provide power. The magnitude of this catastrophe is incalculable. Itís treason.

No, its Africa.

It just us whities who can't adapt.


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