When the lights go off and you are being kept in the dark by Eskom, it’s best to share a light moment.
Many South Africans are now resorting to humour to try to deal with their frustrations, with a growing number of e-mails and SMS jokes doing rounds. One is a letter supposedly from Eskom to electricity consumers. The letter reads:
“Dear Electricity Consumer,
Just a little note to let you know we understand your anger in the recent price hike and power cuts. But it should be noted that you have no choice. We are a big company and you will pay what we tell you. You have no choice. We have the power, you need the power.
“So sad, too bad. Sucks to be you. We have enclosed a little picture [a rather rude picture is attached] to help outline our response. Have a nice day and keep those cheques coming, loser!”
Another hoax letter shows a picture of a giant truck carrying a huge battery to Koeberg. It reads: “The backup module for Unit 2 has arrived at Koeberg and all our power cuts will soon be a thing of the past. Refer to attached document for details, Eskom.”
Another picture circulated by e-mail and titled “Eskom’s help desk” shows a troop of monkeys sitting in front of computers in what is meant to look like an Eskom customer care centre.
Another e-mail states that “Eishkom” has changed the national anthem to “Hello darkness my old friend” and “Welcome to our world, pitchblack and powerless”.
However, this one takes the cake: What did South Africans use before candles? Answer: Electricity.
So while there is no end in sight for the power outages, laughter will indeed be the best medicine to dealing with stress related to power outages.