How many of the readers of this blog have heard about Nkandla? Our presidents (and his family's) retirement plan?
I also don't know how many people overseas have heard about the load shedding (enforced blackouts) taking place in this country as a result of our power utility (Escom) not having the foresight / planning to anticipate demand in future years, and not maintaining their existing resources.
It's hectic. Power has been going off for 2 hours once a day, twice a day or even three times a day - depending on the strain on the power system, and their collective power generating capabilities.
It even affects us - as our ISP's radio towers go down. (Thankfully, we still have our smartphones so we're not totally disconnected...) We're very grateful though, that we don't experience the complete blackouts that the majority of the country has to suffer through. Thank goodness for being off grid.
I saw this somewhere recently and thought it particularly apt...
N'candle - a play on Nklandla.
That's basically the situation. Candle power rules for all those who don't have an alternative source of power.
Btw, on googling various images of Nkandla, I notice the "retirement dwelling" has no visible solar panels... That was shortsighted of the architect.