Glimmer of hope in sight

2014-11-04 00:00

FOLLOWING the recent collapse of a coal silo at Majuba power station, some matriculants have been studying for their finals by candlelight.

Heather Secondary School matriculant Devajnaa Deeplaul said she studied for her final maths exam on Sunday evening by candlelight.

Her mother, Roshni Deeplaul, said Eskom told her the power would be off for two hours.

However, Devajnaa said the load-shedding lasted three hours.

“It was really difficult to see and I studied by candlelight from 6 pm to 9 pm.

“If the lights had been on during that time, a lot more revision could have been done. My studying definitely went faster once the lights came back on,” she said.

According to Deeplaul, her daughter lost over an hour of studying to squinting in the dim candlelight.

“This is such a crucial part of the year as it is their final exam,” she said.

Devajnaa said she was nervous about her upcoming English paper as it involved a lot of reading and would be extremely difficult to study the literature by candlelight.

It was reported yesterday following the implosion of one of the coal silos at the station, that South Africa would experience load-shedding for the rest of the week.

However, Eskom yesterday said it did not need to load-shed and did not anticipate further load-shedding today as additional units had been returned from maintenance.

“If customers experience power outages during this period, we advise that they contact their electricity providers as it could be a localised problem.

“The risk of load-shedding has reduced significantly and the prognosis for the week is better than expected. The system will be under extreme pressure on Wednesday [tomorrow] and Thursday as the water reserves that we built up over the weekend for our peaking plants will be depleted,” said a spokesperson.


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