uh, ugh, the title is already wrong, even wronk! Me be no saffa, only residing here, but nevertheless sharing their biggest problem: Water? No, not really. The dams and reservoirs are full enuff to get us thru the summer … if we behave and use this precious resource sparingly. So just sacrifice about 50% of our plants and plan on laying bricks instead of having a lawn and we’ll be fine.
Much more pressing and bothersome is the eternal electricity crisis. Fukn Eskom seems always to be billions of Woolongs short and their power plants failing left and right due to no or wrong maintenance. So I made it may daily habit to check the website of our state owned utlity …
LOL. 🙂 Thats all nice and fair but what if? What if one of the coal-powered power plants fails or gets suddenly switched off because the coal got wet or some manager has a beef with gov’mt and needs a (couple) new BMW(s) for his wife(s) or anything else unforeseen and unplanned (as if anybody would ever make a plan that reaches further into the future than the next 2 minutes anyway), we’ll never get to see the website switching to “Loadshedding in progress”. Because we have no electricity to switch on our computers or charge our smartypants phones and therefore can’t see it. So that’s why most blackouts happen out of the blue and catch us by surprise.
It’s almost funny, when you in the mall, super market or at the grocers. Lights go out, nobody shocked anymore but everybody goes “Eish!” 10 secs later lights and freezers go on again, because most good stores and malls have generators by now, and commerce commences as usual.
You kinda fuked when on the road tho. Standing at crossroads, waiting for green … BØØM! Darkness. Eish again. Your ETA has just been delayed into eternity. Fortunately South African traffic “planners” never cared much about traffic lights and we are used to treat every crossroad like a 4-way-stop. It’s a joy to observe how quickly people adjust to gov’mt fails.
Sometimes I’m not so sure if we really do need those gov’mt clowns in the first place.
Fortunately my trek to the gym thru 2 subsuburbs of our suburb only consists of 3 “sets of robots” (traffic lights at intersections), so hardly an inconvenience.