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Eskom loss: South African Breweries to have independent power supply

Good news for booze lovers and traders. South African Breweries (SAB) has announced a move to become independent of Eskom’s power supply.


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SAB has revealed an action plan to start brewing its alcohol using reusable energy that will be free from Eskom’s load shedding disruptions, the company said on Monday.


SAB said it will produce solar power to enjoy renewable electricity resources by 2025. While nearly 50% of the company’s leading beer brand Castle Lite was already getting made from renewable resources, the alcohol makers are set on producing all their products with the same energy source within the next four years.

“Instead of using our supply from the grid, and putting more strain on your power supply, we’re using electricity generated from sun and biogas to brew the beer you love,” SAB said.

“Since the start of the year we have generated 9.7GWh of renewable electricity and the journey is just beginning.

“By 2025, we’re aiming to be brewing 100% from renewable resources, so that Castle Lite will also have the lightest footprint.”


The company concluded to hammer home their desire and inspiration to relieve Eskom and the public’s already overwhelmed demand for power supply grids.

“Our consumers can do their bit by choosing a beer that is not only hugely enjoyable and super refreshing but is also reducing its load on the national power supply with its production, ensuring there is more to go around,” Colleen Duvenage, Brand Director for Castle Lite said.

Meanwhile, South Africans may be forced to endure a Savanna cider drought. Several sellers have reported running out of stock and supply ahead of the festive season.

A few traders from Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal have confirmed a scarcity of supply for all the drink varieties: Savanna Dry, Angry Lemon, and Light. One Spar liquor store in KwaZulu-Natal put out a signature that warns it could be without the beloved cider drink for four to six months.

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