As South Africa grapples with persistent challenges in power supply, exacerbated by ongoing load shedding, consumers seek respite through alternative energy systems. Despite government assurances of improvements in Eskom’s performance, recent data from independent energy analyst Pieter Jordaan reveals continued weaknesses in the national grid’s stability, placing increased strain due to unplanned outages.
Jordaan’s analysis underscores Eskom’s struggle, with unplanned outages surpassing the 30% mark of total capacity, well beyond the 20% limit set by the national energy regulator Nersa. This precarious situation leaves citizens vulnerable, as any slight surge in demand could further exacerbate the ongoing energy crisis.
Faced with the persisting challenges posed by Eskom, many South Africans are turning to alternative power solutions to ensure continuous access to electricity. To alleviate some of the burden on consumers during this trying period, various retailers across the country are capitalizing on Black Friday by offering enticing deals on alternative energy products and systems.
Avo, the online retail arm of Nedbank, headlines the offerings with significant discounts on energy-related products. Among its standout deals are the EcoFlow River 2 Max Portable Power Station, marked down by 39% to R7,899 (R7,109 with Greenbacks), and an 11% reduction on the Mecer 12 Volt IVR 1,200, now priced at R7,999. Moreover, Black Friday shoppers stand a chance to win high-value inverters like the BetterShop 1.6 kW pure sinewave hybrid inverter or the Engauge 1,200 VA inverter.
Builders, a prominent retailer, joins the Black Friday energy bonanza by presenting exclusive deals on alternative energy systems. The Gentech Digital Pure Sine Wave Inverter (3000W) sees a staggering R11,000 reduction to R18,999, while the Gentech 7.5kVA Petrol Generator’s price plummets by R9,000 to R13,990.
EcoFlow, recognized for its portable power stations, launches its Black Friday flash sale, offering substantial discounts on the DELTA 2 and DELTA 2 Smart Extra Battery, dropping the combined price from R38,998 to R28,999.
Gizzu adopts a “Black Out” sale strategy throughout November, offering slashed prices across its product spectrum. Discounts range from the 4X Gizzu Voltage Protector 16A, reduced to R549.00 from R916.00, to the premium Gizzu Hero Pro 2048WH/2400W UPS, now available at R22,999.00 from R24,999.00.
Leroy Merlin, a hardware retailer, introduces compelling backup power deals, notably offering nearly R200,000 off the Huawei Isitepower-M 1PH Backup Kit 5KW Inverter 15KWh Battery Li-Ion. This Black Friday special brings the price down to R149,999 from the original R341,979.
Hohm Energy, a solar provider, contributes to the Black Friday buzz by offering a subscription service deal, granting subscribers the next six months’ worth of solar energy for free.
Ugreen, a UPS company, features discounted products on Takealot. The Ugreen PowerRoam UPS 600W 680Wh LiFePO4 Portable Power Station sees a markdown of R4,000 to R9,999, while the Ugreen PowerRoam UPS 2200W 2048Wh LiFePO4 Portable Power Station is reduced by R6,000 to R23,999 as part of the Early Access Blue Dot Sale.
As South Africans grapple with the challenges of load shedding and a tenuous power supply, these Black Friday deals on alternative energy solutions offer a glimmer of relief amid the ongoing energy crisis. With retailers providing enticing discounts on various power systems, consumers have the opportunity to secure reliable backup options to mitigate the impacts of Eskom’s operational challenges.