Additional charges for businesses to keep the lights on during load-shedding

Hanno Labuschagne

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Additional charges for businesses to keep the lights on during load-shedding

Many South African landlords are introducing additional charges to keep the lights on during load-shedding because of the unprecedented number of outages this year.

To date, many office parks provided backup generator power to their tenants as a free perk, but this is changing because of the increase in load-shedding.

One landlord highlighted that they had no load-shedding in 2016 and 2017, and only 19 hours of outages in 2018.
 

Geoff.D

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Another knife in the back for small business.

Speaking of generators why do we pay road tax and road accident fund on petrol for them?
Good question! heh heh!
we all need a special account to use when buying diesel and petrol for power generation free of all the added charges.
Was this not the argument used by farmers for their diesel used for farming? can't remember.
 

garp

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I don't see the problem with a landlord charging to recover their costs on providing backup power - with two provisos - they don't price gouge, and it should be optional if possible or at least a pre-arranged and agreed cost and service.
 

Kosmik

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Additional charges for businesses to keep the lights on during load-shedding

Many South African landlords are introducing additional charges to keep the lights on during load-shedding because of the unprecedented number of outages this year.

To date, many office parks provided backup generator power to their tenants as a free perk, but this is changing because of the increase in load-shedding.

One landlord highlighted that they had no load-shedding in 2016 and 2017, and only 19 hours of outages in 2018.
Just add a fuel surcharge to their rent or check their meters-based of avg consumption.
 

Geoff.D

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Much better for malls and Business parks to provide two supplies to every shop/ business, one emergency circuit and one for the rest. Both metered. The business then chooses to subscribe to both or not. Then it would be very easy to implement a surcharge on the emergency circuit.
 

Nerfherder

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I don't see the problem with a landlord charging to recover their costs on providing backup power - with two provisos - they don't price gouge, and it should be optional if possible or at least a pre-arranged and agreed cost and service.
Yes its got to be cheaper than maintaining your own solution.
 

Gordon_R

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Much better for malls and Business parks to provide two supplies to every shop/ business, one emergency circuit and one for the rest. Both metered. The business then chooses to subscribe to both or not. Then it would be very easy to implement a surcharge on the emergency circuit.
This would double the wiring infrastructure. There is always a cost associated with backup power solutions.
 

friedpiggy

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Correct me if I am wrong, but is it not illegal for anyone other than Eksdom and municipalities to sell electricity?
 
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