We Interrupt This Service!

Angel Chimes

We have Stage Four load shedding here in SA at the moment.

The means power cuts of 2 1/2 hours, 3 times, in a 24 hour period.

Everything is run on electricity. Our ovens are electric; no power, no hot food and no cuppa. Yes, I boil water beforehand and keep it in a thermos, but it just doesn’t make a very nice cuppa.

The evenings are the worst. Last night’s cut (and the next 3 night’s) was from 20.00 to 22.30. It gets dark around 19.00. Basically you just sit around in the candle light for a while and then go to bed.

Today was even worse, as they are laying new electricity cables in our area (unrelated to the load shedding) so the power was off from 10.00 to just now, 15.30.

Why no electricity you ask?

Hmmm. This is a non-political blog. I’m sure you can figure it out.

I’m sorry, but I will not be able to visit your blog or comment as much as usual. No power: no wifi; which is perhaps the saddest of all!

 

53 thoughts on “We Interrupt This Service!

  1. A Curious Introvert

    I immediately go into caffeine and WiFi withdrawal as soon as we lose power during storms. I had no idea that your electricity issues were this bad and I hope that somehow things improve soon. You definitely need your cuppa and we need your blog posts!πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      We can learn to do without most things – but I really do miss my cuppa! I constantly run to the kitchen when there is power, to keep my thermos topped up! πŸ˜€

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  2. blosslyn

    Oh dear, that sucks cutting down your blogging time, but as you say it could be worse, although that seems quite bad enough 3 times a day, We lost our power one evening last year a lighting bolt hit an over head power cable and wiped out the power to all the surrounding villages for the evening. It was quite spectacular, the cable almost dancing in the field, all lit up. The firemen turned up, took one look and said we are not touching that. So we had to wait until the electric company turned off the supply and give them their due, they did work well into the early hours of the morning πŸ™‚ Just a little story to go with your next cup of tea πŸ™‚ On a serious note, how long will it go for.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you – You just have to deal with it!
      I am sure Aquarium owners will have a good battery back up system in place.

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  3. oldmainer

    Wow We have power outages here. But they are never scheduled. It’ s just off until the fix it, mostly hours. Have had some multi day outages, but they are rare. Don’t envy you that and don’t even get me started on government. Good luck. Hope by the time you can read this, you are enjoying a cuppa.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Well, that would usually be the case here too. But there just isn’t enough electricity to go around the country, so we all have to have cuts – and scheduling it makes it easier to deal with.
      This has been going on a long time now. I don’t see a quick fix.
      But, yes thank you, I am totally enjoying my hot cuppa – whenever I can get one! πŸ˜€

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  4. pgraysurvival

    Is this a good time to talk about multi-fuel stoves and DIY lanterns fueled with cooking oil?
    No? Thought not. Keep safe my friend, warm, and above all well hydrated.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      There just isn’t the choice available in SA that you might have in Europe. Gas stoves are hard to find and need gas cylinders, fitted and mounted on your outside wall, and then re-filled.
      We’re always warm though – still summer temperatures! πŸ˜€ So at least there is that!

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      1. pgraysurvival

        Having lived in Singapore and Honk Kong, I still remember with fondness the roaring of kerosene burners on every market stall making the food I loved.

        We had one when were living in a tent and called it Mr. Fusion. It ran on white gas (kerosene) OR petrol (gasoline)!
        Coleman was the make but Optimus do one as well.

        Anyway, the other option is charcoal braziers and I KNOW they have them there!

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  5. faeriefiles53

    We’re all electric but I have a camp stove, oil lamps, bottled water, and kerosene heater for those rare days when MLGW doesn’t deliver. I’m going to start playing with some solar options this year as well.

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  6. Herman

    I’ll light a candle for you while I’m watching tv… πŸ˜‰
    So sorry for your e-problems, must be very inconvenient…

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  7. Murphy's Law

    Geez, I’m so sorry you’re going through this Sci. What a bummer. Bad enough if the electricity were off for a couple of hours once a day….but 3 times a day? “It sucks” doesn’t begin to cover it.

    We live in a mobile home park. We have well water. The park invested in a generator several years ago to keep the water flowing during a power failure. Damn generator is never working. And mind you, we residents/tenants have paid for that thing many times over in our lot rent, and continue to! 😑😑😑

    So what happens here is, when we have a power outage, obviously we have no electricity. We also have no water because the pump house is down along with the generator. That also means we can’t flush the toilets. Ewwwwww!! And in the winter there’s no heat. We heat/cook with propane, but furnace needs electricity to kick on. Sigh……..πŸ™„

    So you have my sympathy Sci. I hope this is an issue that will resolve itself sooner rather than later. But if there are politics involved, well, good luck with that one. Good Lord, you can’t even run a fan for relief from the heat.

    Good luck! Sending good wishes your way.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      This is it – we at least have an uninterrupted water supply in CT (now that there is water in the dams again!!) – not so much in other parts of SA.
      And yes, a long-term solution is long over due.
      Oh well, I’ll at least enjoy my internet and cuppa while I can! Certainly makes me appreciate it all the more! πŸ˜€

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  8. lynnwiles

    I do have WiFi and just went down the rabbit hole researching the issues you are experiencing. There needs to be a solar revolution in CT. With your heat it would make sense. But there are politics.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yeah, there are a few things at play.
      Many people did install solar power, which is very expensive to do, but then they still have to pay an electricity levy!
      We’re just all fed up with it!

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  9. Patty Richardson

    Sorry about your loss of electricity! I can’t imagine!
    Hoping whatever is wrong ….will be corrected soon!
    Has to be awful …..to be without power! Praying it comes back on, soon! πŸ’™

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Sadly not. This has been going on for ages before it suddenly got really bad – and will carry on for ages more before any solution is found.

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      2. Garfield Hug

        I am surprised that SA citizens are so patient. If it happens here, the power company will get hefty fines amounting to millions. Lil Red Dotter have no patience for disruptions in utilities. Literally hue and cry. I sincerely hope your country finds resolve as a permanent solution. Take care and may power be restored soonπŸ€—πŸ€—

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      3. scifihammy Post author

        There is only one power supplier and it is managed by the government.
        There’s nothing we can do, so we all make the best of it. This is Africa after all!

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  10. The Naturarian

    While living in Florida, I once accidentally signed up for a program to drop my power at peak times. That was the worst week ever. So glad I could stop it. So sorry you can’t! 😭
    I’ve also bought a generator. I can’t get water unless I have power to my pump.
    I barely know what’s going on here politically, let alone what’s going on there. No explanation needed, tho. 😁

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Generators are really expensive (Tho you need a water supply!)
      Mostly we were coping, but it’s just got really bad lately. We are so reliant on electricity!

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