A Closer Look

Loadshedding – with Eskom, it’s Cock-a-Doodle-Don’t

Loadshedding is back – and along with loadshedding goes the looming possibility of food shortages and soaring prices… just in time for winter.

Loadshedding has hit our poultry industry really hard, and the ongoing outages mean that chicken and eggs – the mainstay of the food basket for the low-to-middle-income consumer – are going to remain scarce and expensive.

Fast Food Restaurants

We first noticed that something is seriously amiss with our nation’s favourite foodstuff when our fast food restaurants began closing doors due to a chicken shortage at the end of 2022. Then poultry producers began warning of ongoing shortages and price increases.

A short respite from loadshedding in March gave everyone a breathing space, but Stage 4 loadshedding has been re-introduced for the foreseeable future.

For large companies there is wiggle-room to move onto solar or diesel-generation power. For smaller struggling producers, the effect has been catastrophic.

You can see for yourself on our Fact Sheet below.

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