I have been thinking about power and it’s provision a lot over the last week. My home country of South Africa has been experiencing rotating blackouts for weeks as national utility Eskom deals with unscheduled maintenance, breakdowns and a lack of capacity to the tune of 6,000MW (more than 10% of national installed capacity).
The result has been disruptive to be sure and fairly devastating for many businesses as load shedding has fluctuated between two to four tranches of 2.5 hours outages each per area. It’s meant no electricity from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm for some areas - meaning cold dinners, or late dinners - or even no dinners.
It’s meant that mines and other heavy industry have been operating on restricted hours or limited capacity; and that social media has been flooded by jokes, moans and rumours of sabotage, incompetence and conspiracies.
...big thank you to all our utility readers and staff, and the amazing men and women who keep our water flowing, the gas burning and the lights on.
We are so dependent on electricity to do just about anything in our daily lives. From commuting to work to lighting our homes and streets, powering our shopping centres and places of work (or our cellphones - a hugely important consideration for those with teenagers), keeping our economies turning over and, in some case, even in some countries, for the provision of hot water and heat for cooking.
Basically, what it brought home to me (again) was how very important our utility personnel are and how totally reliant we are on them to do their jobs and to do them well.
This is my last editor’s note for the year, and I wanted to take this chance to say a big thank you to all our utility readers and staff, and the amazing men and women who keep our water flowing, the gas burning and the lights on. You truly are the lifeblood of our lives.
I wish you all a truly blessed festive season and wish you nothing but success in 2020.
Until next year!
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