Eskom's load-shedding disrupts matric exams, businesses

Eskom implemented stage two load-shedding on Wednesday due to a breakdown of some of the power utility's generating units.

JOHANNESBURG - Rolling blackouts have dealt a blow to businesses, and matriculants on their first day of exams.

Eskom implemented stage two load-shedding on Wednesday due to a breakdown of some of the power utility's generating units. 

It was lights off and pens down for many matriculants who did their Computer Applications Technology exam.

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Load-shedding during the 3-hour practical meant a stressful delay for pupils... and the power cuts are likely to impact Thursday's Information Technology exam as well.

For small businesses, the two-hour power outages are a costly inconvenience. 

"We do a lot of frozen products, which contain yeast, so they need to rise... so once the power goes out, and the freezers aren't freezing, they start proving in the freezers and we lose that stock," said Daneal Rafael, Deli's Pies owner.  

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Other businesses learned their lesson during last year's rolling power cuts. 

"My boss put in a gas fryer, he got two generators which was very helpful. It was a very good investment that he made because it's helpful in the time of outages," said Francisco Ferreira, Woodstock Fisheries manager.  

Load-shedding is expected to continue for at least the rest of the week. 

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