The Dark Ages

Angel Chimes

We have load shedding again! It has been Stage 4 for several days, meaning scheduled power cuts of up to 2 1/2 hours, 3 times in 24 hours.

Last night they announced it was going to Stage 6. There are jokes about this online: namely that at Stage 6 a man from Eskom comes round to your house and blows out your candles!

Mostly people work round the power cuts. Knowing the times beforehand means you can plan to some extent. It is still extremely annoying though. The other night our power went out at midnight and came back on at 2.20 am. The neighbour’s alarm went off both times, waking everyone up!

Your day becomes divided into 2 hour allotments. Either you have power, and watch the clock counting down with anxiety and dread, till it is switched off; which can be anything from on the dot, (mean!) to 13 minutes past the hour, as today, giving you the momentary false hope that maybe they’re not cutting your power!

Or you are sitting in silence and perhaps darkness, anxiously waiting with anticipation for the power to be returned. This can be from 10 past the hour to half past the hour, by which time you are beginning to wonder if they have forgotten about you!

It is not too bad here in Cape Town, as daylight in summer is from 5.30 am to 8 pm. Johannesburg, 1400 km farther north, only has daylight from 5 am to 7 pm. Believe me, they will notice that extra hour of darkness at night!

Also, I feel sorry for those who work online. Even if you do have power, the internet is slow because other places are down. Service providers try to re-route your connection, but there is still a bottleneck.

I even feel sorry for businesses. This time of year they make enough money to see them through the following year. In an already struggling economy, many businesses will fold next year.

Why is the power supply still so bad in South Africa?

Ageing power plants and equipment; poor maintenance and repair;Β  mis-management; lack of planning.

Well, the purpose of this post (OK I had a good moan!) was just to let my Readers know that I am struggling to keep up with my Blog, especially commenting on yours. So if you don’t hear from me as much as usual, at least now you know why.

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“In vain have I struggled. It will not do.”*

*Can you guess who said this and which book it is from?

Sunbeams will be sent to those with the correct answer, which I’ll put in my next post.


29 thoughts on “The Dark Ages

  1. A Curious Introvert

    I could not wait until the next post, so I had to look up Jane Austen’s quote.😁 I hate the unexpected power outages that we have and while I would like to think I could handle these somewhat planned outages as well as you over time, I’m afraid that the adjustment would not be a pretty sight! Take care and I hope things improve soon!πŸ™‚

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  2. pgraysurvival

    Um, methought Jane Austin. Then got worried and checked.
    OK, I did cheat a little bit but we are in need of a bit of sun.

    Why is the power supply still so bad in the UK?
    Ageing power plants and equipment; poor maintenance and repair; mismanagement; lack of planning.
    Sounds the same as you only to that we have to add our own version of 4th world politics, the delusional ‘Greenies’ hugging all them trees, underinvestment, and absolutely no desire to fix anything apart from the politicians latest pay rises.

    Not forgetting today’s general election and BREXIT which will probably make things worse.
    Not that it matters as I’ve got a HUGE BAG of tea candles.

    p.s. Can I please have two sunbeams. One for me and the other for my lovely wife. Xx

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, your first thought was correct. πŸ™‚ Many sunbeams and a few roses being sent your way in today’s post! πŸ˜€
      I also have a large supply of candles, as they get sold out very quickly here! πŸ˜€

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  3. Wellness Garden Design

    Ugh. πŸ™„ I say there’s always a dark side to the good things… Just like living in Florida, there’s great weather year round, beaches and lovely plants πŸ˜‰… However, there’s also large hurricanes that can mess all that stuff up in one go!
    I guess your electricity issues are the balance to living in such a beautiful place 😍πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Cell phones still work, though not as efficiently, as they battle to keep cell towers running with generators, or re-route signals to other ones.
      There is no internet/wi-fi though, as the routers need electricity.

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  4. Herman

    My goodness… I can’t remember having problems with power cuts in this part of the world. Must be very annoying for you.

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  5. mistermuse

    If I were a millionaire, I’d give you the thousands of dollars (or whatever your currency is) it would cost to buy a whole-house generator to get you through those long power outages. Or you could just buy the world’s longest extension cord to plug into an outlet in the nearest city that doesn’t have frequent outages.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hahaha Thank you for your kind offers. πŸ˜€
      The whole country is falling apart, but I do like the idea of a very long extension cord! πŸ˜€


  6. oldmainer

    We have power outages, but they are sporadic, like when a tree falls on a power line. We live in fear of high winds and icy rain. Would hate to have scheduled outages as it is dark here by 4:30 in the afternoon.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, we get the usual power outages like you during storms, but this is so annoying. As you say, at least it is not dark here at 4.30 pm! πŸ™‚


  7. Murphy's Law

    I’m so sorry you’re going through this again Science. What a bummer. You seem to have it down to a science so I hope that makes things run closer to normal.

    Perhaps the Christmas spirit will visit your area and restore everyone’s power permanently. Stay strong and be safe. Sending good thoughts your way.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It really is a pain and the food goes off in the fridge! But it seems a bit better today, so hopefully we’ll muddle through Christmas OK! πŸ˜€
      Thank you for your kind thoughts. πŸ˜€


      1. Murphy's Law

        I apologize for the name. I did type in “Sci”, but the little buggers who live in this phone felt it should be more formal, thus Science. Good reminder of what proofreading means! Lol.

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  8. quiall

    “….I admire and love you.” Pride and Prejudice, the irrepressible Jane Austen! (I did have to confirm on-line) . My heart goes out to you for the power outages. It is so rare here we forget. So, rant away!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Excellent! Well done Pam! πŸ˜€
      Thank you πŸ˜€ I know there are much worse things to suffer than a lack of electricity, but it is frustrating!

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