Martin Williams
2 minute read
9 Jun 2021
7:33 am

Joburgers enduring crisis-level electricity outages

Martin Williams

Where life-supporting oxygen is dependent on electricity supply, those with a duty of care must ensure back-up. Life is not cheap.

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For many months before my father died at home long ago, his most constant bedside companion was an oxygen cylinder. This was attached to a breathing apparatus that helped keep him alive. Having witnessed that struggle close-up, I am deeply moved each time there’s a report of someone dying during a power outage because their oxygen supply could not function without electricity. One such death happened in my ward a few years back and another occurred nearby last week. Death by power outage is a reality in other ways too, including fires started when candles and gas appliances go awry....