Lean Thinking and Load Shedding in South Africa

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Lean Thinking and Load Shedding in South Africa
Carlo Scodanibbio, Management Consultant, South Africa

Lean Thinking may well solve the Load Shedding problem in South Africa.

Lean Thinking and Load Shedding in South Africa
From a few years already, a new wording is becoming more used and popular in South Africa: "Load Shedding".
Load shedding is a measure of last resort taken by Eskom (South Africa's largest producer of electricity) when power demand begins to exceed possible supply. To avoid a nationwide blackout and total collapse of the power grid, Eskom rations the available supply between different districts according to a published schedule. (Source: Bing. Com)
So, Load Shedding means that - at certain, pre-planned times of the day or the night - the Mains Power Supply is cut-off, or disconnected, for a duration of approximately 2 hours, to private, commercial and industrial dwellings; in pre-planned areas of the Country. This may happen once, twice, three times and even 4 times a day. According to a well-conceived schedule, that:
# Takes into consideration available supply and demand in any given area or district
# Accordingly, sets a plan to ration the available supply to each area or district
# In a spirit of justice or fairness, i.e. without penalizing any area or district - in rotation throughout the day

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