Frustrated South Africans Seek Alternative Power Sources To Keep Lights On

With many people still working from home due to the pandemic, finding power options when power outages strike could be critical.

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CAPE TOWN – As Eskom tries to minimize blackouts, citizens are finding alternative ways to maintain a stable power supply.

On Tuesday, the utility announced that the outages would be eased at stage 3 from 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

With many people still working from home due to the pandemic, finding power options when power outages strike could be critical.

Electric Contractors Association technical adviser Anthony Schewitz said there were products on the market that could reduce the impact, such as inverters.

“Either go with installing a UPS or a battery-operated backup system, or you just buy an UPS with batteries. There are very few options – you will either have to shell out. [for] diesel or gasoline, or you invest in solar, ”said Schweitz.

Johnathan Palmer, of Powerman at Honeydew, said there has been growing demand for products such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

“There’s an entry-level machine called TelePower, which will literally run your TV and a few outlets for 2-3 hours. Then we have a slightly larger home inverter lineup, with slightly less runtime. home and home security and entertainment system, ”said Palmer.

He added that many people were also wondering whether to leave the network, which was a huge investment.

Rosemary C. Kearney