ESKOM home industry – Pork Pies*, going cheap!!

If we lived in the age of fairy tales, the management of ESKOM (South Africa’s national electricity supply entity) would have to spend billions on building renovations – making larger offices, wider passages and larger car parks.

This would be necessary to accommodate excessively long noses, grown as a result of (let’s be kind here) being economical with the truth.

In a recent radio interview, a spokesman for Eskom advised that no load shedding would be experienced by subscribers and the country’s grid was coping well.

There must be some other excuse then for the 5 hours (3 power failures) of power outage we’ve experienced (in the Johannesburg North area alone) during the past 3 days. When driving past the local substation, no personnel were observed working, so that rules out delivering crappy service as a result of planned maintenance.

What winds me up is the fanfare given to having a so called real-time reflection of the strain on the country’s power supply. When the power was out this morning (between the 5:30am and 7am), I logged on to the ESKOM website ( only to see the needle smugly hovering over the green.

ESKOM Bullshit o' meter

I’m interested to see what’s going to happen when we have an extra few hundred thousand people in South Africa for the soccer World Cup. What I also want to know is, do they believe their own BS?

* cockney rhyming slang, for American readers. A pork pie = lie

About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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