Explainer: Load-shedding claims on the rise as outages wreak havoc

Explainer: Load-shedding claims on the rise as outages wreak havoc

- Load-shedding is not going away any time soon with the outages forecast for at least two more years

- South African insurance companies have noted a spike in claims relating to the power cuts in recent times

- Briefly.co.za explains which items are being affected as the outages wreak havoc in Mzansi

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South Africans have been dealing with power cuts on a regular basis for some time now and the situation isn't going to be resolved any time soon.

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter and President Cyril Ramaphosa have both confirmed that load-shedding is here to stay for at least two more years.

While the embattled state-owned entity attempts to regain control over it's mismanaged and unmaintained fleet of power stations, citizens have been feeling the strain.

Business Insider spoke to South African insurance companies and most confirmed that there had been a spike in load-shedding-related claims.

READ ALSO: Load-shedding will return: Eskom warns Mzansi of rocky road to renewal

Appliances

TVs, monitors, decoders and routers are the most popular claims with a King Price spokesperson commenting:

“Appliances like dishwashers, televisions, fridges, coffee machines and sound systems are damaged due to power surges which occur when power is switched on after load-shedding. We have also seen claims for very expensive computer equipment and this can be avoided by making use of UPS (uninterrupted power supply) systems."

Accidents on the road

Mzansi's roads often become more dangerous during load-shedding. Between operating in the dark and the robots being off, accidents are more likely to happen.

Food

Insurers have also noted a slight increase in claims over food going bad during the outages. A helpful tip is to prepare an ice-box for longer outages and avoid opening the door too many times while the power is off.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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