Power to the people! Come again? Power? Sorry mate you have the wrong country, hate to break it to you, yes, wrong place all together. When visiting South Africa please remember to bring a flashlight or two at the very least spare batteries (available locally but at a steep price). It is not uncommon for whole cities to be plunged into darkness with little or no warning. Upon arrival make sure to pick up a copy of the load shedding schedule which will give you the dates and times for planned power outages. That said, please don’t be alarmed if there is no power during the times listed by Eksdom (registered as Eskom).
The “Top Dogs” were warned 10 years ago that South Africa will have a severe electricity shortage if not monitored or if certain actions weren’t put into place. Well folks I’ll be straight with you, we have changed from being a culture of buying food on a weekly/monthly basis to a culture of buying the food you want to eat in the day you’re going to eat it. Fridge sales are also down while gas sales are up. Yes, there is a parliamentarian who owns the local gas company.
No electricity forced the food prices up so don’t expect quality food at good prices, that rumour is a myth created by the Tourism board in order to entice you to visit. Interest rates started soaring and a recession started happening, no one has any money so please understand that the locals, although they may have good taste in clothing, they aren’t wearing it.
Should you be visiting South Africa to do your studies please ensure that you remember your flashlight. Announcements have been made that, due to the irregularity of the power, students are recommended to bring flashlights in order to see what they are doing, especially during exams.
That was our summer, it is now winter and we seem to have a constant flow happening. They doubled the prices in order to pay the CEO of Eskom aka Eksdom (I am dumb) a nice big bonus. Guess they can’t really cut our electricity supplies every five minutes while doing that huh.
What ever you do, do not and I repeat DO NOT, be alarmed should you see someone hanging from an overhead power line. This is normal practice and a number of the locals are trapeze artists, they have had to be how else do you steal the lines?
Death by self electrocution is now ranked as one of the top killers in South Africa. If you want a buzz then SA is definitely the place to be.