Use dark energy constructively

2015-05-21 06:00

ESKOM is sending the country downhill, accelerating the slide started by the corrupt and inefficient ANC government.

Power blackouts are causing industry to lose production which is not good for investment and employment, and the public is left with cold or half-cooked food.

What is frustrating is that Eskom does not keep to its schedules. Then there is the xenophobic violence which portrays the country in a poor light. The future doesn’t look as rosy as it seemed after the first democratic elections in 1994, but it’s not all gloom and doom.

The darkness enveloping the country could be beneficial in some ways. It’s in dark times such as this that humanity shines. Someone may come up with a brilliant idea to light up our lives.

If you look around, you’ll see a lot of innovative ideas, not only on how to save electricity, but how to cope without lights.

The sun’s energy is free and we should take advantage of it.

Solar panels and outdoor solar lights would reduce the electricity bill substantially.

No lights every night could also mean more money in our pocket. We could watch the stars and contemplate the mystery of the universe, or we could cuddle in bed.

However, more babies mean a greater burden on the social system and more abandoned foetuses.

Not all businesses suffer during blackouts - the sale of convenience foods could soar.

Fast-food outlets are making a roaring trade.

I see the pizza delivery bikes more often on the roads now. At least the blackouts make us realise how inconvenient life can be without electricity.

We say we are loyal citizens and love our country, but we should show it in tangible ways. Instead of being pig-headed and saying “I don’t care, I can afford it”, and leaving all the lights on, we should band together and save electricity in every way possible.

Like the universe, we should use dark energy to be creative, not only to eat pizzas and make babies, but to dispel the darkness around us.

T. MARKANDAN

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