In total darkness we all look exactly the same, unfortunately, the truth is we do not all live the same.
Load shedding has caused significant additional stresses on the already stressed South African economy and the nation as a whole. For our young people and staff living in Vrygrond we have seen an unprecedented escalation of crime and violent crime in an already high crime red zone area.
You can imagine when there are no lights anywhere it means gangsters and other criminal forces have free reign to walk the streets and plan where and who they will next strike. Being winter in the Cape we have late sunrises meaning early morning blackouts making walking to school, a taxi rank or work such as Sozo an extremely dangerous activity.
This is how we at Sozo have been impacted and plan to combat this challenge that our nation faces of power supply and shortage of power, which we anticipate to be with us for the next 5 to 10 years at some level.
At our skills centre in the Business park, all our training comes to a halt the moment load shedding kicks in, in that instance not even battery packs will suffice to allow students to continue training.
Making coffee, hairdressing, construction, bakery and more cannot happen, because the power required is too high for a battery. We intend to install a commercial diesel generator that will seamlessly allow our programmes to continue throughout the day, especially now when we are experiencing up to 4.5 hours a day of complete blackouts in this new wave of load shedding stages.
We are asking you to help and support us if you are a business and want to donate to some of this capital equipment. We are aiming to raise R67,000 today in aid of Mandela Day to ensure we can keep the coffee brewing!