South Africa is currently facing one of the biggest loadshedding crises seen around the world. What started as stage two load shedding has quickly moved on to stage six load shedding in the past weeks.
Although Eskom has just announced that loadshedding will be reduced to stage 3 during the day on Wednesday and Thursday, South Africans have been doing what they do best - find the humour in literally any situation no matter how serious.
While our playfulness can cross the line sometimes, these social media posts that were generated (see what we did there?) by some of our fellow good-humoured South Africans have kept us too busy laughing to notice how many candles we've had to purchase over the past few days.
Well not that busy, but you get what we mean.
These are some of our favourite loadshedding texts that you could (or not) consider sending to your crush:
1. "Africa. At night from space"
When you're a pilot but you're landing minutes before loadshedding. Then suddenly it hits you that after all those years of studying there was no module on how to land in the darkness. So, maybe airport runaways should have LED lights illuminating.
2. "My brother just pulled a loadshedding prank by turning down the main switch"
Some jokes have caused trauma and division amongst families more than the actual loadshedding.
My brother just pulled a loadshedding prank by turning down the main switch.— Aafiya Ismail (@not_just_aafiya) July 2, 2022
You don’t joke like that.
3. "The one thing we did wrong as Black South Africans was to sell this stove"
When it finally made sense why our grandmothers always said, 'life was better in our days'. This stove gave us best of both worlds in winter.
One thing we did wrong as black South Africans was to sell this stove, thinking we are woke,little did we know that our electricity will be loadshedding prone(Eskom). Look at us now what a joke.Remember this was both a stove and a heater.?? pic.twitter.com/EhrvS0CLX8— S.O.S (??????) (@SOCIOLOGY_SOS) July 2, 2022
4. "What if loadshedding is a tactic to bring employees back to offices"
The trauma loadshedding has caused created more trust issues than any toxic relationship. Everyone is a suspect, including our employers.
What if loadshedding is a tactic to bring employees back to the offices? Offices have generators and employees are reluctant to go back to offices which the corporate is paying rent for them. Eskom— Nitrogeny (@0XYGENY) March 16, 2021
5. "These gangsters brought their own lights"
The party doesn't end because of loadsheding or the lack of a generator. So, beam me up scotty. No loadshedding can stop my groove.
6. "The kind of innovation we need from Eskom at this point"
Like any company, maybe rebranding might take the heat off, of Eksom.
7. "Should I switch off the lights myself?"
We all know how sometimes the loadshedding schedule can be delayed. Sometimes the power goes on time and but comes back 10 to 30 minutes later than it should. So, maybe self-loadshedding is the assistance Eskom needs.
There you have it folks, your daily dose of Eskom humour to help us all "lighten" up just a bit.