Small businesses across Cape Town are feeling the brunt of load shedding. This, after Eskom implemented Stage Two load shedding on Sunday, which was then escalated to Stage 4 yesterday. Many businesses were left without power for hours, affecting their
operations. The owner of Jaydon's Barber Shop in Kuils River, Ricardo Cloete, says he has had to turn away a number of clients due to the power outages: "I have lot's of clients who were sitting in the barber shop and I have to say, sorry man, come later, because I don't know what time also because it was just so sudden. It has a huge impact at the barber shop. It can't go on like this in our
land and in the city and stuff like that, it affects a lot of people." The owner of the Images Hair and Beauty Salon, also situated in Kuils River, Deborah Mentoor, says her business is losing money because of the load shedding: "There's a lot of professional people who are our clients. They sit here, the power goes off, they've got meetings, they've got clients to see, at the end of the day they go home or they go to other salons whose power is on. We are losing money, my staff is losing money. I need to pay all these people at the end of the month and if I lose R5000 for the month I'm going to run at a loss at the end of the day. We are a small business."