the power is off yet again,

everything becomes a problem

writing down all the sales;

sorry sir, but we have no

card machine at the moment,

you can use the toilet,

but it is very dark,

Oh I think I wait until I get home.

there’s no music,

only the shouts, and noise coming

from the builders next door,

as people pear trying

to choose their books,

discussing how Escom

got to this position,

where it becomes necessary

to have rolling blackouts.

Thunk the power eventually,

comes back on and all chair,

as the lights and the music come on

and I begin to type in the sales

from the past two hours,

and we contemplate

life without electricity all the times.


2 thoughts on “Electricity.

    • Yes, what an indictment of the parastatle, 20 years ago there were no outages, and electricity was exported to neighboring countries such as Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zaire, and possibly Tanzania and Kenya, as well as Lesotho and Swaziland! Today electricity is still exported to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho, which is strange, as there is not enough capacity for here. Many of the generators were decommissioned and then recommissioned, but because no maintenance has been done the capacity of these generators is dropping all the time, so when some of the new generators come on line, all they are doing is holding the capacity is staying about the same, but with new areas being added to the system, and new businesses starting up the demand is ever increasing! A fine fix, and rather unnecessary, but this was always going to be part of the trade off, if less is spent in areas that less spending will not immediately apparent, then one can spend on the poor, unfortunately a lot of this money was wasted and embezzled. Thanks for the comment, and yes lets hope we don’t run out of candles as well! Hope things are going better after the break in, and hope the creative juices are still running. Best wishes, and blessings, Charles.

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