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Research Shows Load-Shedding Negatively Affects Employment and Earnings in South Africa

todayMay 31, 2024 10

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 02: #StandUpSA activists during the #StandUpSA March to Megawatt Park Against Load Shedding at Eskom MegaWatt Park on February 02, 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This protest march is against the constant load shedding and the planned increase is electricity tariffs by 18%. (Photo by Lubabalo Lesolle/Gallo Images via Getty Images)



Load-shedding has negative labour market effects on employment, working hours, and monthly earnings. This is according to research conducted by the University of Cape Town under the South Africa Towards Inclusive Development programme. On average, load-shedding periods were associated with a 2.6-percent lower chance of being employed, 1.3-percent fewer working hours per week, and 1.7-percent lower real monthly earnings. UCT’s Tim Köhler says from a policymaking perspective, the primary goal must be to rapidly reduce both the frequency and intensity of load-shedding and ultimately eliminate it.

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