Readers outside of South Africa will find it strange that since April 2008 the country has been subjected to periodic scheduled mandatory load shedding during which – whether we like it or not – there is no power for several hours at a time. This creates havoc all over the country as you can imagine. This week we were subjected to Stage 4 with three such outages per day. I needed to buy items from our supermarket:
The light was coming in from the wide entrance for this was the middle of the day. This shopping mall has a generator, but seemed to have trouble getting it going for the second bout of load shedding that day.
I joined three other shoppers at the cheese counter, our combined cell phone torches creating enough light to see by. Everyone was using their cell phone torches as they moved up and down the aisles to fill their trolleys. How can a regular power outage halt what needs to be done during the day? There was sufficient power coming from a smaller generator for the tills to work, so life carries on. I could hear the large generator kick in as I neared the exit and the supermarket was bathed in bright neon light once more.
We have moved to Stage 2 for the weekend: only two sessions of power outage.