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Electricity vs. Kasi’s

25 July 2014, 16:32

As a lover of talk radio shows, debates, news etc. it came as no surprise at all that we are having problems with Electricity in our beautiful country.

I happen to reside in the vicinity of the city of Gold where Africa meets at times. In and around town as well as the suburbs of Johannesburg most definitely pay electricity pay electricity, be its pre-paid or pay monthly. With that said, I’d assume Eishkom get most of their value for money in BIG Business obviously which ideal should be subsidizing the rest of the shortfalls of electricity theft.  In a but shell, the Metro are mostly using electricity anyways so pay up mahni. However with all those payments there will be power cuts through load shading especially in winter which has become a norm in Metropolitans.

While there are power cuts in Metro’s, you have to be eKasi or locations. Most houses emalokishini I know can’t remember the last time they paid electricity or services for that matter while every once or twice a week rubbish bins are picked up, streets are cleaned, they have running water etc.

All of the above services are mostly free as more than half of our locations never pay for eish.

I was in my home town, not really for fun but I was there for 2 weeks anyways. I learnt that 3 weeks ago there was a strike, roads closed, tired burning on the street, rocks & scraps used to block a main road..  what are you guys up & arms for I asked?

Apparently around my block where my parents’ house is located in the location, electricity is problematic. Almost every day between 5PM and 9PM power goes off*scratching my head*

I don’t know if my kasi doesn’t watch TV, listen to radio or what.. that’s the time when Eishkom ask the entire country to use igezi sparingly mos.. ayi

“hold your horses you jo’burgers” they say to me. “You don’t stay here anymore thus you won’t understand” they add. As much as its peak hour for electricity use, however its not the entire location that goes off, its only a handful of houses that are only affected. so what can be the problem I asked. They advised that they always call Eishkom letting them know that the power is off. There seem to be mixed responses from diffenrent people when I ask get a response. Some says that Eishkom people don’t work at night anymore as they don’t get paid for over time. Others says apparently the main man who’s qualified enough to understand and restore power stays about 40KM away from my kasi.

Strange answers I tell you.

That’s just one part of the problem they said. According to a community leader around, apparently the transformer which used to supply around my block was damaged while there was a car accident which when replaced, the replacement was half in kilowatts(not too sure how or where they got this infor from though). So I see where this is going, I told myself.

When I thought Ihave it all figured, they told me the last but not least story… Izinyoka!

My block back then used to have a few house and plenty of vegetation where we used to play which now is filled with houses you won’t believe we even used to have a soccer filed around there.

·         Where are all those houses getting their water from?

·         Where are all those houses getting their electricity from?

·         Where are all those house getting their sanitation pipes from?

The answer is simple… the very same community that’s burning tires & complaining about electricity is the very same that provide all those people in the new development with the electricity mos.

Those 1 room or 2 rooms’ houses pay you guys every month while you don’t even pay or buy pre-paid electricity anyways

so communities before pointing fingers and blame, looks at yourselves and see how can you prevent shooting yourselves on the foot

I was stunned by how kasi’s operate at this day and age]

Whenever I buy a house, its gonna be ekasi and please municipality, I don’t know the liability of electricity, water and rent of the house I will buy so don’t even think about It

I shall rest for now.

Vuka Darkie

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