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Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Current Events, Entertainment, Greg | 5 comments

Let There Be Light

Been noticing the Eskom energy usage meter and warnings that they show at the bottom of the screen on the SABC television channels at night. On most occasions that I’ve seen it the indicator has been in the red zone, and warnings of dire consequences if users don’t turn off “any non-essential electrical devices (stoves, geysers, appliances) and most lights”.

That together with the recent news that over the next five years Eskoms’ capital expansion programme will need R400-billion (nearly 10 times the budget for the arms deal) and their proposed 60% hike in tariffs and charges to consumers all brought to mind this great quote from comedian Spike Milligan of The Goon Show fame:

And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light, but the Electricity Board said he would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.

Are we going to be seeing more power outages in the near future, do you think? And what’s your opinion on the proposed Eskom tariff hikes?


  1. I have no problem paying for electricity, and when the a genuine need for a realistic price increase presents itself, by all means. Very rarely does the price of anything come down.(please see my top 5 list of things that do come down below)

    However, and I have no real facts to back this up, but rather, my gut feel, is that our national electricity provider is not being run optimally, and as a result the costs of poor organisational decisions and inept management are being covered by the consumer.

    Anyway, here is my top 5 list of things that do actually come down:

    1. Rain

    2. My ex's sex Drive

    3. Castor Semenya

    4. Addicts

    5. The JSE's overall performance over the last 2 weeks.


  2. The cost of electricity will be a major factor in inflationary pressures. Especially in the food industry.

    • My Electricity bill has gone up 300$ in the last 2 months

  3. Friends of mine have had a few electricity outages of the past few month. Fortunately we have not. But with the 300% increase of our electricity bill, I see future outages in our house. There is no way I am paying that much. I aint paying for bad admin, and thieves who steal electricity, not those idiots who don't pay and believe the country owes them all freebies

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