Let’s Support Eskom!!!
Now before this messenger is lynched or accused of stirring controversy, I must go on record as saying that I think it’s time we all support Eskom!
Since there are no real monopolies left in South Africa, and since the broader wealth does seem to have been spread across the nation (see available schooling, healthcare and toilets in townships, etc), it’s about time that we tone down the hostility towards our power utility. (hostility, utility - man that’s power writing!)
Firstly, Eskom didn’t cause this act of God during peak rain season. It’s not rocket science people, when it rains it pours and coal gets wet. Live with it, it is what it is. No one starts a fire with wet wood. Trust me I’ve tried…
I know that under the current regime we’ve all felt the financial pinch with all sorts of new taxes and seemingly punitive measures on the general populace, like massive fuel levies (for which we apparently get nothing) and now e-tolls. Thanks government!
However, it’s not fair to single out Eskom during this current power challenge. As an entrepreneur I fully understand the hardships of pleasing everyone all the time, it’s just not always possible. My client base is a smidgen of Eskom’s size and even I struggle to satisfy them all.
So herewith some novel ideas that can help our national power utility during their time of need:
1. Switch off geysers – yes it’s been said, but if I look at our home model, this is what works for us. My mom and I usually bathe each morning, well I shower, and we’re good for the day. Sometimes if I’ve worked too hard, I’ll require a second shower at night. So what we do is switch on our geyser every afternoon around 3pm, then switch off EVERY night around 9pm. So there’s hot water for my evening shower, and then hot for the next morning. That’s 6 hours for the geyser only every day. Work like a charm!
2. Cook with gas or braai – this anyway should be seen as a fond alternative to electrical cooking. It’s fun and you get to make fire.
3. Switching electrical gates and garages to manual – this has been overlooked by most but by not being lazy you can save a fortune.
4. Watching home movies and DVDs instead of TV – I’m sure we’re all using more power with all these aerials and satellite dishes, so switch off and watch DVDs if you must, or alternatively light a few candles and bring out the scrabble. Good old family-bonding fun.
So there you have it, some wisdom can still be found in this day and age.
Let’s all stop complaining and stop the selfishness and support Eskom!