|Power to the people|
January 22, 2008
Among some of the more realistic promises, the ANC made to its voters was an electricity for any dwelling, shack or abode. In fairness, they did their best, and where the wires not stolen, there was power to the nation, at no cost to those who could not pay.
Fourteen years later, ignoring advice, putting in no maintenance or money, we face a power crisis. Siri, Africa is contributing to the cause. We are powerless for a minimum of four hours nearly every day.
Load shedding (power cuts) affect anyone, everyone, and the powers-that-be show no compassion. There is very little money going into anything run by the government so even emergency services pay the price, including hospitals and fire departments, as they have no finances to buy or run generators.
Accidents are on the increase, as traffic lights do not work, business suffers as they close their doors and the poor, in public hospitals … will not go there now. Trains do not run, so they are burnt in frustration and kids spend time in darkened classrooms “just chillin’”. It takes me nearly two hours to drive 11 kms due to gridlock and crime increases as opportunists take advantage of the lack of security.
I am not complaining (that does not help). I hope that when the switch off occurs, even for an hour, everyone has filled the thermos, cooked their dinner, bathed the baby, ensured grandpa does not need his oxygen for that hour and no one needs medical attention or burns the house down with candles chasing intruders away in the dark.
I am not critisising the idea. We should all do what we can to save our planet for future generations.