Load Shedding Survival Guide for Oppies

By Sihle Jack

This one is for our Oppidan Students, but residence students are more than welcome to feast their eyes. After having ruined half of our vacation, load shedding is back and looks like it is going to stay with us for quite a while. Load shedding or planned rolling blackouts are slowly becoming something that we have to make provisions for, even more so if you live in digs.

Eskom, Africa’s largest electricity provider has been under strain and to manage the amount of electricity we consume as a country, the parastatal company has decided to revert to this measure in order to save the little bit of energy that we have left before Eskom files for bankruptcy.

When we downscale this problem to our little town of Grahamstown and even Rhodes University, we are faced with many problems – the biggest of them being that Grahamstown is an academic town. How are we to thrive when we are limited to only working during daylight? Some of us are known night owls.

Residence students probably get the better end of the stick when it comes to dealing with load shedding and that is because there are provisions made for them. Oppidan students however have to make do with what they have.

Below are a few tips from fellow oppies on how you can deal with load shedding after a hectic day on campus.

“Have a lot of romantic dinners with candles,” said Mthobisi Buthelezi.

“Sleep or go check out what they have at Pick n Pay,” said Terrence Mayo.

” Bond and chill with friends, what better excuse?” said Sharon Mumvumi.

SIVE MANELI "Stay on campus until you're done with work or until load shedding ends."

SIVE MANELI “Stay on campus until you’re done with work or until load shedding ends.”

NELISIWE MADIKIZELA "Light candles and stay strong"

NELISIWE MADIKIZELA “Light candles and stay strong”

LELETHU NQENANI "Chill with friends in one place and cook before because you know when it's gonna happen"

LELETHU NQENANI “Chill with friends in one place and cook before because you know when it’s gonna happen”

DANIEL MALAN "I've got a solar light which charges on the window during the day. Maybe people should get that."

DANIEL MALAN “I’ve got a solar light which charges on the window during the day. Maybe people should get that.”

LEILA van COLLER "Go to the Rat or champs or just any place with a generator"

LEILA van COLLER “Go to the Rat or champs or just any place with a generator”

KHAKA MPOFU "Use money wisely when buying take-aways."

KHAKA MPOFU “Use money wisely when buying take-aways.”

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