Loadshedding is hitting business in the popular suburb of Sea Point very hard. The…

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Loadshedding is hitting business in the popular suburb of Sea Point very hard. The stage four scheduled times are effecting both the lunch and supper services of the more than 70 restaurants in the area, resulting in the major loss of revenue for both owners and staff. Great expense is made to keep doors open. A family run Italian restaurant has been an institution in the suburb for over 50 years. Investing in a small generator to keep a few lights on, the restaurant is operating at 60 percent capacity during loadshedding. Manager of La Perla, Ritesh Sewsunker , says due to ongoing load shedding customers have limited options on their menu. “The guests are not allowed to order everything off the menu and I mean there’s crucial items that can’t be served, I mean you can’t serve a coffee for instance, certain cocktails with the blenders, the kitchen’s unable to make certain items so that has made a major impact on guests that frequent the restaurant.” Staff are feeling the pinch. Waiter Eugene Jacobs says his tips are grossly affected. “We got less business and it affects us also on our tips as waiters and as workers here at La Perla.” Small businesses, like hairdressers nearly went under during the previous energy crises in 2008. Owner of one salon, Fidelia Petersen says in general; small businesses will always absorb the brunt. “It impacts us hectically, it’s loss of revenue, we’re small business, we don’t make mega bucks to begin with so now you losing even the little bit of profit your’e going to make. It’s not fair on us.” Some can afford generators resulting in a constant grating drone. But none of these businesses can afford the prolonged unfriendliness of the darkness.


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5 comments on “Loadshedding is hitting business in the popular suburb of Sea Point very hard. The…

  1. The restaurant trade in the Northern Suburbs are also being affected during the same times. Especially evening trade, from 6-8.30pm.
    Why is only sea point a concern??

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