Small businesses pay a huge price when jobs are saved at SOEs
The problem is that those further down the value chain don’t factor into the unions’ bargaining approach
A few months ago, as we headed to Japan for the Rugby World Cup aboard an SAA jet, Eskom announced the start of another round of load-shedding. For one of the passengers – a businessman who had just opened a restaurant – this was his first experience of load-shedding at his business.
In Japan we spoke about the effect of load-shedding on a business such as his. While he had a small staff complement, his dilemma, similar to many other small businesses, was reliance on foot traffic as a primary driver of cash flow.
When foot traffic dries up due to load-shedding, the ability to generate alternative income evaporates. But, perhaps most crucially, his argument was less about load-shedding being a phenomenon than the lack of information that precluded proper planning. ..