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Eishkom, How it Was

07 March 2014, 09:17

Back in April 2008, I penned this piece. I thought I should share it, just to remind us that we survived the load-shedding before, so, chances are, we can survive it again (But please Eskom, only if we absolutely have to!)


 Well, I’m sitting in the dark at 6:30 am because I have been Eishkom’d. So I decided to put pen to paper because the PC would not start up.

 Through everything, I like to make light (figuratively, as Eskom will not allow it literally) of an otherwise dark (yes, pun intended) situation.

 Through the years, I have received many light-hearted (oops, no pun intended there) e-mails which have helped to keep me cheerful in difficult times. Many have been about Zim, and those in particular, are currently so easy to adapt to the South African situation. Some are adapted, some are true-blue Eskom jokes.

·         Robert Mugabe has been awarded the Nobel Prize for science. He has single-handedly turned the Zim economy to cr…
Eskom, here is your nomination!

·         A blond and Satan meet in a pub and he buys her a drink. “So what do you do?” she asks. “I am the prince of darkness,” he replies.
”Ah”, she says, ”So you are the CEO of Eskom!”

·         It’s bed time in South Africa, so close the windows, lock the security gates and doors, arm the alarms, but don’t worry to turn out the lights, Eskom will do that for you.

 Yes, I am being affected by the load-shedding. I work in a residential area so my power is cut on a daily basis. Then, when I want to go to a customer, I need to make sure they have power before I go (I am an IT consultant) as no power, no work, no pay. But I refuse to be negative. I may get frustrated but it does not help to waste my energy griping. I have found that the schedules are accurate so that means I can at least plan my day.  The only request I have is that the Nelson Mandela Bay schedule for next week be posted on about Thursday so that I can plan my Monday.

 As a last request to the Editor, have you considered implementing a joke column? On a weekly basis, to publish the best joke in the following categories: Eskom, Petrol and General. Because it is so true what they say: “Laughter IS the best medicine!”


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