Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

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Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by Richprins » Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:56 pm

This is going to become a regular issue for a year at least, and deserves very serious discussion.

I was at Pretoriuskop yesterday and today.


There was loadshedding during the night, and this morning, and the generator did NOT come on. The shop and restaurant were unusable, and reception basically closed, with no internet nor phonelines.

Numbi gate was also "dark", but with UPS batteries running the card machines so that payments were possible. ;-) They said their generator was broken.


There is a generator or bank of generators at all the major camps, capable of running even the aircons and geysers in huts, but at a tremendous cost in diesel.

I have experienced personally the giant generators at Skukuza coming on, for example.

Upon enquiry at PK staff said that "someone was trying to start the generator", and I believe it did come on yesterday morning for a period, but we weren't there yet.

The point is Kruger need to be very clear about all this, and if it is too expensive to run the whole camp they must at least run the shops, reception and restaurants, although this is where the fun starts as shops and restaurants are private franchises, not SP-run. 0()

meanwhile private establishments around Kruger are not stupid and well-oiled already with regards to providing backup power for guests at various levels, so Kruger may lose out. 0()
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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by RogerFraser » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:43 pm

:-? sure there was a tender that went out to service all the generators fairly recently if I remember correctly O**

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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by Richprins » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:49 pm

Ag no! 0*\

But still, the situation is unique regarding the diesel costs vs tourist income... O-/

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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by Lisbeth » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:00 pm

What a beautiful, terrible, crazy country South Africa is 0*\
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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by Richprins » Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:43 am

As said, the interesting part is going to be how the franchises in camps respond, as their contracts state that Kruger pays for and provides electricity. :twisted:
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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by PJL » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:05 am

Addo also had issues this morning. Most people enter at Matyholweni gate these days and they don’t have a generator or backup supply. Apparently people trying to pay by card were told to head back to Colchester and draw cash 0*\
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Re: Camp and Gate Generators vs Loadshedding

Post by Richprins » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:06 am

What does a UPS battery for three computers and card machines cost, Peej? -O-
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