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?