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‘Accidental’ power cut not what the doctor ordered

2015-06-05 17:44


Bad things come in threes, and if a power utility and a municipal water supplier have anything to do with your misfortune, triple the pain is in order.

Having a sick child is painful on its own, and having to subject them to the worst elements of the highveld winter for any reason related the above entities is plain sickening. Enough venting.

So Joburg Water decided to do some trench digging in our neighbourhood. Lovely. Something’s being done to extend the service to new customers and jobs are created in the process.

Kudos for cordoning off the dug-up areas – you don’t want suburban mums on your case for what might happen to their kids and pets.

Then in rolls the subcontractor and digs up the Eskom power cable, pouring cold water on plans for a warm evening for most families. Even worse for parents who need to switch on nebulisers, bottle sterilisers and heaters.

Look on the bright side, they say. The only comfort in the dark, cold mess is seeing technicians hard at work when they should be having their reward at the end of the day as portrayed in beer adverts.

But getting the power utility to commit to a time when the power will be restored is like asking them to switch on Medupi and Kusile on the same day.

A day later, Eskom is still waiting for the cable and, for Joburg Water, yesterday’s events are all but water under the bridge.

All we can say is “at least they’re keeping us updated.” It could be worse ... 

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