The King’s School Robin Hills learner Lungi Khumalo give his insight on load-shedding in South Africa.
The King’s School Robin Hills learner Lungi Khumalo shared his concerns about load-shedding in South Africa.
Load-shedding has had nothing but detrimental effects on almost every aspect of the fabric of South African society.
Businesses have had to compensate for product/service creation and delivery by adding to their expenses such as the cost of running generators and as they struggle, economic issues such as inflation occur on a more rapid scale.
In a social sense, higher prices means a higher cost of living overall causing poorer communities to struggle. When desperate times call for desperate measures, some individuals resort to crime. With load-shedding, criminals have more opportunities to steal electricity cables (as the black market for cables is lucrative) and commit burglaries at night as visibility is reduced during night time load-shedding.
In my personal life, I have found that I’ve had to adjust my own schedule to the schedule of load-shedding to ensure I complete my schoolwork before it gets too dark. Due to the lack of electricity to power the Wi-Fi, I’ve missed important messages/calls from people. Despite these issues, I am more privileged than most. We need to place our faith and votes in the parties that will assist this country.