Loadshedding Getting Wurster

Oy! So we extra got a new energy minister. For what I don’t know. What can he do? Shout at the Eskom managers? Stuff more money into that bankrupt electricity provider? Just so the managers can steal it for themselves? Leave everything as it is, unmaintained, rotten, out of order?

This is today’s loadshedding schedule:

We already have 2 events behind us, 2:00 – 4:30 and earlier this morning a 4-hour power-out from 10:00 – 14:30. And next from 18:00 – 20:30. That makes 8 hours without power today! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Hardly enough time for our laptops and our powerbank to recharge in between. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

No good solution in sight. The most promising, even if a bit selfish and local-patriotic idea I’ve heard until now: Cape Town or Western Cape province divorce from state-owned Eskom and going their own way. We have the sole nuclear power plant of SA right here in town. That’s more than enough power to electrify our fair city. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But for now we gotta survive without any power. ๐Ÿ˜

Some neighbours have already ordered solar setups, my computer repair lady did too. For us it’s a bit on the expensive side and our little powerbank serves us well so far.


  1. Buy a Pedal Power Bicycle Generator, or just build one (lots cheaper!!!). You won’t need the gym anymore, and be in a lot better shape…judging by how often your power goes out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can buy small gas powered generators that are pretty quiet also, but wid neighbor so close they might complain. Rationed electricity…!?!

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    • “Rationed electricityโ€ฆ!?!”
      No, not really. They are just too stupid/crooked to use taxpayers’ money correctly. Already in 1996 it was forseeable that the country would experience a big upswing, population growth, economical growth, and would ultimately need much more power. So they got billions to invest in generation units … that were all stolen, put into bad projects, mishandled, embezzled. Dunno how many Eskom managers landed in prison by now, I guess they switched out the whole upper echelon a dozen times by now. The last CEO was on a good course to set things right but he received more or less open murder threats and even an attempt was made to poison him. So he gave up. And now the govt’s supposed to handle the affair. ๐Ÿ˜

      And the gym? I do yoga and sauna and swim mostly. Way more fun than strampling on a static bike.


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