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Dependence may provide security when the going is good, but is disastrous when things go south. The country’s dependence on Eskom represents one of the biggest risks to us achieving our shared potential.

This isn’t jumping on the Eskom-bashing bandwagon, it is merely stating an obvious fact – every time the utility announces load shedding our economy takes a further beating, already stumbling from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Revov has enjoyed publicity recently, in publications such as Green Economy and SME Tech Guru, because of our definition of freedom from dependence, and what we are doing to support this philosophy.

Before we get there, consider a retailer paying R30,000 a month in a shopping centre. Two weeks of level 2 load shedding – or a total of 48 hours of closure – are enough to force them to shut shop.

What about remote workers? How many companies are told by employees that tasks couldn’t be completed because there was load shedding?

Eskom has announced that load shedding is here to stay, with analyst Chris Yelland being reported as saying that while 2020 was the worst year on record, 2021 may well be worse, and that until the end of 2022 at least, the situation is unlikely to change.

We simply must find fast, sustainable solutions to become free of dependency on Eskom. For some, that takes the form of generators. Even if we don’t consider the burning of fossil fuels, this simply isn’t an option for many, not least the shop in the middle of the shopping mall.

Imagine a world where freedom from dependence means that it does not matter whether there is load shedding – small businesses can also stay open and remote workers have the power and connectivity they need to carry on delivering.

It doesn’t fix the long-term problem but it does take the lost productivity of hundreds of thousands of workers in thousands of businesses out of the equation. Shops in malls and retail centres, remote workers, freelancers, consultants and labourers alike can all carry on.

This is why Revov is pioneering a model of bringing continuous power solutions to small businesses, individuals and corporates at a cost that’s less than a monthly cell phone rental – all the while using the Stellar 2nd LiFe technology, repurposed from electric vehicle (EV) batteries, which helps reduce the carbon footprint of keeping the lights on.

Remember, these 2nd LiFE batteries are not second-hand storage batteries, rather they are built from repurposed EV cells, thus bringing the reliability and longevity of lithium-iron at a reduced cost. Our team is available to take anyone interested through the chemistry of why these repurposed EV cells are so fit for purpose.

These portable uninterrupted supply systems we are developing – which we will announce soon – is to answer the question: what does freedom from dependence look like for those who can no longer afford electricity distributions? Plug and play, and work another day, irrespective of load shedding or not.

This philosophy does not detract from the strategic importance of Eskom, rather it enables big and small businesses to continue operating while Eskom renews itself.