• BDO Load Shedding Survey 2015

BDO Load Shedding Survey 2015

29 September 2016

Since 2008, when the energy crisis first hit South Africa, the country has experienced load shedding in various forms, whether it be for a few hours a week, or for several days. It is expected that this will continue into the foreseeable future while Eskom continues to upgrade our electricity infrastructure.

So, how does this affect us? How does it affect businesses around the country – they key drivers of our economy? Does it affect investor confidence? And what does it do to operating costs and service levels?

We asked 400 of our clients in the key metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town these and other questions, to try and ascertain the impact of load shedding on their businesses and thus on the broader South African economy, as well as on our ability to compete internationally.

To read the full survey report click here

To read the national press release click here

To read the Cape Town release click here

To read the Durban release click here

To read the Pretoria release click here


The research was conducted from 25 March 2015 to 6 April 2015. 400 BDO clients participated in the survey across four regions: Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. The research followed a quantitative approach and data was collected via a computer administered survey. The format was an online survey which made use of a semi-structured questionnaire which comprised of closed, pre-coded and open-ended questions. 64% of respondents had small businesses with 1 – 100 employees, with 35% having an annual turnover of R100 million plus. 24% of the respondents were business owners and 22% were Directors, with 48% of all respondents being based in Johannesburg. The survey was created by Answered Insight and is hosted at www.answeredinsight.co.za