Powering Through: The Essential Benefits of Generators in South Africa’s Era of Load Shedding

Load shedding was first introduced in 2008 by the South African government and has continued to this day after many false promises and attempts over the years to reduce and get rid of Load Shedding. And unfortunately that never happened. So Load shedding seems to be here to stay and businesses around the country need to make provision for worsening power cuts to avoid their business operations suffering.

Understanding Load Shedding in South Africa

Load Shedding was initially implemented as a way to manage the strain on the grid, as it was explained that there was extensive pressure on the national grid and Eskom could not meet the power needs and expectations of the country. The power outages have become more unstable throughout the years with stages of load shedding changing without notice. This has had a detrimental effect for many businesses, seeing many crumble under the pressure.

The Role of Generators During Power Outages

Alternative power solutions have been the answer to many businesses in need of assistance during these dark times, and the most popular power supply of choice has been generators with high reliability and powered by Diesel fuel. Generators work similar to the engine of a car, supplying power through the machine directly to the building.

Benefits of Using a Generator

  • Reliability: Generators are the most reliable source of power, because they do not rely on any external or environmental factors for power, like the sun or wind.
  • Business Continuity: Your business can seamlessly continue through extended period of power outages as long as there is enough diesel supply.

Choosing the Right Generator

Choose the right generator is crucial for your business and our experts in the industry are able to provide you with a free assessment of your business needs in order to quote you on the appropriate generator for your business.

Best Practice for Generator Maintenance

At Genset Corporation, our customer are very lucky to have their general maintenance and checkups included in the rental rate but there are some general best practices when it comes to the maintenance of generators:

  • Regular inspections: Schedule regular inspections to check for general wear and tear, leaks, or other issues.
  • Oil and Filter Changes: Regularly change the oil and oil filter.
  • Fuel Management: Keep fuel tank filled appropriately to avoid moisture accumulating and to be ready for unexpected outages. Always be mindful of the quality of diesel being used.
  • Battery Maintenance: Ensure the battery is fully charged and in good condition. Battery failure is the most common cause of generator start-up failures.
  • Cooling System: Check the coolant level in the generator regularly.
  • Air Filter Maintenance: Regularly check and replace the air filter to ensure efficient operation.
  • Running Generator Regularly: It is recommended to run the generator periodically. It is the same as not letting a car sit without being started for too long.
  • Keep It Clean: Keep the generator and its surroundings clean at all times.

Genset Corporation provides the full and holistic solutions to clients across South Africa in need of commercial generators to keep their business operations running.

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