The economic impact of load shedding : the case of South African retailers

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dc.contributor.advisor Moyo, Solomon en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Goldberg, Ariel en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T13:46:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T13:46:17Z
dc.date.created 2016-03-30 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract South Africa is currently experiencing an electricity crisis. A structural shortage of electricity supply remains one of the country s most critical challenges going forward as legacy infrastructure ages and needs to be replaced. In this context an understanding of the economic impact of load shedding is a critical consideration for all businesses in South Africa. This is particularly true for the retail sector as the impact of load shedding on consumers is dynamic and complex. The current research examines the impact of unstable electricity supply on South African retailers. A mixed-methods approach has been employed across three studies. Study 1 consists of a qualitative view of the impact of load shedding through semi-structured interviews with financial and operational retail managers. Study 2 and 3 contribute toward quantifying the cost of load shedding on the retail sector by implementing the subjective evaluation and marginal cost of backup methodologies respectively. The results of study 1 are captured in a model which highlights the major paint points experienced by the retail industry due to load shedding. The results of study 2 indicate that R13.72 billion rand was lost in revenue for the first six months of 2015. The results of study 3 indicate that a conservative estimate of R716 million has been invested by retailers in backup generation power during the same period. The impact of load shedding has been significant and far reaching. It is hoped that these results will be of value for industry stakeholders in dealing with the crisis and will provide powerful motivation to ensure the correct measures are taken to keep lights on. en
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dc.description.degree MBA en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian pa2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Goldberg, A 2016, The economic impact of load shedding : the case of South African retailers, MBA Mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52398> en
dc.identifier.other GIBS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52398
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title The economic impact of load shedding : the case of South African retailers en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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