Load Shedding

If you can read this now, it means I’m back in the “light”.

Every day this week from 1 pm until 6.30 pm, our power has been cut off – called load shedding. (I never knew what loadshedding meant until recently).

Today, (Friday), our power went off at noon the 5th afternoon this week our area has been a victim of the blackout. SO UNFAIR. Some areas weren’t affected until today, but generally these daily blackouts are at a national level all across South Africa. And the forecast is to get used to it, this is going to be our way of life for the next 5 years? Sorry, but if that’s the case I won’t be here that long.

How can our government officials, ministers and the heads of the electricty supply companies expect this country to survive? Smaller businesses & enterprises have to close every day for 5 or 6 hours. If everyone of them and just a quarter of our residential public, installed their own generator, it would devastate the environment. Imagine the carbon emissions released in one day? What would happen to this beautiful country after 5 years of this? And global warming better be prepared, South Africa is about to become the biggest contributer!

The traffic congestion is horrific with no traffic lights working. It’s only a matter of time before road rage becomes an insurmountable problem with devastating results.

And to say this country is being plunged into an economic crisis is an understatment. If any of us only thought SA was on it’s way to the 3rd World, this crisis we have with power supply is going to ensure the fall. The ruination of the economy is ruining mine: This morning, my husband had no power at work – he had to cancel all his patients & hope the rescheduling will be within the power supply’s timeframe. None of us know the times our area will be “going down”. They don’t seem to be able to stick to any schedule.

Oh woe are we :(


About d1nx

Techno-Gran living and working in Pretoria, South Africa and spending 3 months of the year with my 2 daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren on the East Bay, Northern Californa. Started blogging on my recovery from Spinal surgery in 2007 and have taken many twists and turns on my life's journey and varying chapters of my life.
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