January 22, 2008 at 11:44 am (electricity crisis) (, , , , , )

Just hours after I wrote on Louisa’s blog about how I hadn’t suffered any power cuts my lights went off. Not cool – especially as I was just about to warm my dinner.  Fortunatly I’m not that fussy and cold chicken isn’t that bad. . .

What did freak me out was hearing people were stuck in the cable car. As I have Table Mountain in my backyard it wasn’t surprising to hear the power had gone out there but it was a bit of a shocker to hear the generators weren’t working.

Imagine how frightened those people were. Imagine hanging halfway between the top of Table Mountain and the ground. And imagine knowing this is all Eskom’s fault and that your fate lies in their hands. Oh hell, that I could not imagine.

Seriously, they should give people warning. It was obvious this wasn’t a planned shutdown. If it was then the cable car managers have a lot to answer for. But somehow I don’t think it was them. Eskom just didn’t let anyone know and that is what infuriates people.

I didn’t mind the power being out – I consider myself lucky that it happened for the first time and that it only lasted one and a half hours. But I am pissed off about the suddeness of it all. If I’d known it was going off I’d have made myself some coffee, warmed my food, etc, etc.

But perhaps that’s too much to ask. I mean Eskom’s dudes don’t even know when it’s going off. . .


  1. Louisa said,

    Hahaha…shame Tobes…guess you didn’t manage to beat the system after all! Hope those people at least had something warm to wear with them stuck up there waiting to come down.

    I think this is a much bigger crisis than people are letting on, and perhaps it’s just not one of those things that can be predicted with sufficient accuracy. I’m sure that if the Eskom people could tell us, they would…can’t be fun for them either dealing with all the complaints at the moment.

    Worst job in SA at the moment must be answering the complaints-line at Eskom.

  2. tbhanks said,

    I don’t they have someone answering those lines!

    I agree that it’s bigger than they’re letting on. We can’t build a new one – it’s not as if we can just toss one up in somebody’s backyard. And that’s what’s scary – as more and more people flood into SA (and more have access to electricity, water, etc), the bigger the problem will become.

    We have immigrants, tourists, World Cup Soccer people flocking to our shores but that means we have less capacity. And that’s the scary part – nothing can change overnight and I don’t think the Eskom dudes have any idea how to fix this problem.
    Must just add that charging more for electricity is certainly not the way to go though…

  3. Batman5172 said,

    I’m so sick of this whole freakin Eskom story. We know government is to blame we know Eskom warned them. But Eskom must now climb off its high horse and actually do something about the problem. It’s not governments problem after all they’ve got to fix it. Its time to stop pointing fingers and fix the problem. It’s no fun being happy about being right while the country is faced with darkness. The light at the end of my tunnel has been put out (who knows for how long) and the bloody candle I lit has been blown away by the bloody South Easter. Whats a guy to do?

  4. tbhanks said,

    Oh Batman, I hear your pain. A person can only take so much, right. Wonder what’s going to happen today now that there’s no sunshine…

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