De Beer Attorneys urges South Africans to come forward with their stories of financial loss due to the planned load shedding that engulfed South Africa recently.
A law firm in Cape Town called De Beer Attorneys has encouraged South Africans who were financially impacted by the recent load shedding spate to come forward and tell their ordeal as the firm prepares to take Eskom to court, as part of a planned class-action lawsuit.
According to one of the firm’s managing directors, Elaine Bergenthuin, the firm plans to argue that the power utility should be held accountable for losses, especially those incurred by small and local businesses, due to negligence.
“We have received a lot of interest and are calling people to come forward to strengthen the case.
“A cookie company, for example, which makes 10 000 cookies a day, could prove that, as a result of load shedding, they were able to make 5 000 cookies. They could show a loss in profit,” Bergenthuin said.
The law firm has already predicted that Eskom will argue that the planned power cuts were not an act of negligence but were a rather responsible response to the current energy crisis that continues to threaten South Africa. Eskom has also publicly stated that they are indemnified against the losses they will be taken to task for in the law suit.
“No indemnity is granted by this policy against liability for: failure to supply arising out of any interruption of, variation, or fluctuation in the supply of electricity, which is not consequent upon damage to generation and/or transmission plant or equipment.”