The Western Cape Department of Education says efforts to recover from the loss of learning due to the COVID-19 health crisis are severely limited as a result of ongoing blackouts across the country.
Western Cape Education MEC David Mainier says the current unreliable electricity supply is preventing the sector from catching up from the failure of the past two years.
Maynier expressed concern that studies would be further disrupted if the ongoing power outages did not end in time for the start of the third term.
“Although schools are currently closed for the inter-year break, offloading continues to cause serious disruption to education in the Western Cape. Winter break is a critical time for our students. Winter school and revision programs are taking place, which are particularly important for our seniors as they count down the weeks to their National Senior Certificate exams,” adds Mainier.
The video below reports that stage 4 and 5 power outages will continue today:
On Wednesday, small business owners in Cape Town said they were losing income on a daily basis as continuous power outages continued to take their toll.
With more outages expected this week, many are concerned about how to make ends meet, especially at a time when fuel and food prices have skyrocketed.
One of the places for vetkoek (amagwinya) in Cape Town is a spaza shop that has been around for over two decades.
However, continued load shedding makes trading difficult.
Cape Town small business owners hit hard by blackouts: