Loadshedding spells disaster for small businesses

Loadshedding is not just a South African “thing”, it is becoming a global reality, thanks to dwindling resources and a burgeoning population putting a strain on existing supplies. Just search for #loadshedding on Twitter, and you’re more likely to end up with a story about Nepal than Nelspruit.

While loadshedding and power failures are inconvenient for households, long periods without power can be devastating for small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) in particular. After all, a power outage equals downtime, which translates into a decrease in customer satisfaction and a drop in your company’s reputation and, ultimately, a loss of revenue. SMBs are less likely to be able to absorb the impact of financial losses like an established, stable enterprise can.

One of the smartest investments you can make in your business is the purchase of a backup power supply. Informal traders and one-man operations should investigate small, portable plug-and-play units like the Power Caddy or Power Trolley which will provide power for a few appliances and lights, and keep that register ringing for under R7 000.

Small multi-employee businesses will benefit from fully automated, fully integrated inverter backup power systems that are directly wired into the DB board, like the OPIC4040S 4kW backup power system that is currently selling for R39 541 ex VAT including DC installation. This system has a runtime of 4 to 6 hours (depending on load) and provides backup power for items such as: Lights, Fridges and Freezers, Security Systems, Access Systems (garage and gate motors), Computers, Internet, Pumps (Fishpond etc.), Televisions, Cash Registers, POS Machines and more!

Still not enough backup power for your business? Let Sinetech assess your specific power needs and design a custom system. Call us on 011 886 7874 or send an email to [email protected] and banish the loadshedding blues forever.