Hooray for Eskom!

January 31, 2008 at 1:18 pm (electricity crisis, Uncategorized) (, , )

Eskom-bashing seems to be SA’s national sport these days but I think our collective pessism stops us from seeing the bigger picture.

Let’s see the light (whether it’s by candlelight or not) and say a little thanks to those incompetents who earn so much money. There are several reasons why we should appreciate the current crisis. Current, geddit?

    • Now we’re forced to do something about energy conservation and do our bit for the environment. We’re now seriously looking to alternative energy sources and consumers are wising up to the fact that our resources are limited and if we don’t do something about it we’re screwed. Those who are used to saying “If I can pay for electricity then I’ll use it” now have to face up to the fact that you can’t pay for something that doesn’t exist.
    • It’s united South Africans as much as winning the Rugby World Cup did. Who’d have thought that would happen in the space of two years? Doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from – everyone is having a jolly old time bitching about Erwin and co.
    • It’s increased communication. Although I’m the greatest proponent of technology sometimes a little quiet time sitting around a candle just having a chat is the best thing to do. When last did you really speak to your parents/siblings/friends/etc (and chats on Google Chat, MSN, Facebook and the like simply don’t count)?
    • People have to walk around because their cars are a) locked behind electric gates (b) there’s no petrol because the pumps are down (c) you can’t face the traffic because of outages. . . etc, etc. So that’s exercise and appreciating the things around you. Ok, if it’s safe, that is.
    • People are learning to play games that don’t require a screen, mouse, console or TV. Isn’t that great – Scrabble anyone?
    • Writing a letter by hand is so outdated it’s novel when you do it now. Try it, you’ll see.
    • Candlelight is very romantic. Enough said.

        These are just some of the things I could think of. Can you think of more? Come on, lighten up, will ya.

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        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. . .

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