Tips for loadshedding

Nog ‘n week van beurtkrag is verby. Nog ‘n week van sukkel. Nog ‘n week van baklei met mekaar omdat die regering dit goed dink om ons te frustreer met beurtkrag… Ons is almal nou al moeg vir beurtkrag.

Ons is keelvol en elke keer wanneer die ligte WEER afgaan slaan ons drie duisend bollemakiesies. Maar die feit is dat maak nie saak hoe kwaad ons raak of hoe erg ons onsself opwerk oor die situasie nie, Wat wel sal werk is om pro-aktief te wees in hierdie’donker tye’.

Hierdie wenke het ek op ‘n vriendin se Facebook raakgelees wat sy via WhatsApp ontvang het:

Received this message via WA this morning. Loadshedding Wisdom!

I live in Zambia, and have been living with load shedding every day, for 12-18 hours a day, for the past 6 months. A couple of my friends asked for my load shedding tips so I thought I’d share them here too:

Most important tip: be patient, stay calm, and accept that it’s going to be what it’s going to be, regardless of how worked up you get about it! Yes, it sucks, yes it’s unfair, yes some suburbs are way worse off than others. Losing your sh*t about it won’t change anything!

1. Fill a few 2L bottles with water and freeze them. When the power goes off, move 2 or 3 into your fridge and limit opening and closing the door.

Leave the other frozen bottles in the deep freeze and only take them out once the others are down to about 25% ice. Swap them out for more frozen ones. This should keep your fridge cold enough to preserve your food for at least 8 hours. The ones in your deep freeze should stay frozen at least 12 hours. Remember, don’t open and close the doors unless entirely necessary!

2. Keep your power bank charged up and ONLY use it when the power is off. If you know you’re in for a few hours down time in a day, put your phone on low power mode ASAP to preserve battery life.

3. Invest in decent rechargeable camping lights from a place like Cape Union Mart. They last a few hours and are bright enough to read/play board games/shower by.

4. A car phone charger is a necessity!

5. Keep groceries in the pantry/fridge that don’t require cooking (if you have an electric stove/oven.) Tapas anyone? If you’re desperate, a little camping gas stove is a good idea for easy meals like scrambled egg, 2 min noodles etc.

6. When the electricity is on, boil the kettle and fill a flask or two to use for babies bottles/tea/coffee.

7. Plan outings for your scheduled load shedding time. During the day it’s not so bad, but at night it can get real depressing sitting in the dark night after night. A movie, a date night, a meal out, late night Christmas shopping, hanging with friends on a different schedule to you – all do wonders at boosting your mood and reducing the effect load shedding actually has on you. Don’t be scared to call on your community!

8. If it’s within your budget, look at getting an inverter system, or generator. Even the most basic system will give you a few hours of the minimum: lights, chargers, tv maybe a fan.

I know it sucks, and is frustrating and makes you shake your head and swear and rage. But try remember the many wonderful things that you do have as a result of living in SA. And enjoy all the candle lit bubble baths you want!

Hier is ‘n paar van my eie wenke:

1. Indien jy naels doen is dit ‘n goeie idee en budget vriendelik om in ‘n USB oondjie te belê wat jy met die krag bank kan werk.

2. Hou genoeg eetgoed in die kas of spens wat nie nodig is vir gaarmaak nie. Chippies, blikkies, boksie sap, water.

3. Vir veiligheid in en rondom die huis, maak seker jou alarm sisteem werk met batterye.

4. Indien jy ‘n kamp gasbottel het kan jy maklik water warm maak op die gas vir bad in ‘n skottel.

5. Hou genoeg water eenkant vir indien die water ook afgaan sodat daar genoeg water sal wees vir skottelgoed was, lyfies was en toilette spoel.

6. Krag banke hou nie altyd nie en indien jou krag soos ons sin die afgelope week vir 48uur af is, is dit belangrik om genoeg kerse, ‘n aansteker en vuurhoutjies byderhand te hou.

7. Onthou die noodhulp tassie! Enigiets kan gebeur so hou als van insekweerder tot goed vir brandwonde naby.

8. Hou ‘n brandblusser ook naby. Kerse is nie altyd veilig nie en met klein kindertjies wat rondhardloop kan enigiets gebeur.

Onthou, ons is sterker as beurtkrag. Ons word hartseer oor dit wat ons sien om ons gebeur, maar die blydskap van die Here is ons krag en ons beskutting.

Toodles!

*English*

Another week of load shedding is over. Another week of struggling. Another week of fighting with each other because the government thinks it's good to frustrate us with load shedding ... We are all tired of load shedding by now.We are fed up and every time the lights go off we hit three thousand bulbs. But the fact is that no matter how angry we get or how bad we are about ourselves, what will work is to be proactive in these dark times. 'I found these tips on a friend's Facebook, which she received via WhatsApp:

Received this message via WA this morning. Loadshedding Wisdom!

I live in Zambia, and have been living with load shedding every day, for 12-18 hours a day, for the past 6 months. A couple of my friends asked for my load shedding tips so I thought I’d share them here too:

Most important tip: be patient, stay calm, and accept that it’s going to be what it’s going to be, regardless of how worked up you get about it! Yes, it sucks, yes it’s unfair, yes some suburbs are way worse off than others. Losing your sh*t about it won’t change anything!

1. Fill a few 2L bottles with water and freeze them. When the power goes off, move 2 or 3 into your fridge and limit opening and closing the door.

Leave the other frozen bottles in the deep freeze and only take them out once the others are down to about 25% ice. Swap them out for more frozen ones. This should keep your fridge cold enough to preserve your food for at least 8 hours. The ones in your deep freeze should stay frozen at least 12 hours. Remember, don’t open and close the doors unless entirely necessary!

2. Keep your power bank charged up and ONLY use it when the power is off. If you know you’re in for a few hours down time in a day, put your phone on low power mode ASAP to preserve battery life.

3. Invest in decent rechargeable camping lights from a place like Cape Union Mart. They last a few hours and are bright enough to read/play board games/shower by.

4. A car phone charger is a necessity!

5. Keep groceries in the pantry/fridge that don’t require cooking (if you have an electric stove/oven.) Tapas anyone? If you’re desperate, a little camping gas stove is a good idea for easy meals like scrambled egg, 2 min noodles etc.

6. When the electricity is on, boil the kettle and fill a flask or two to use for babies bottles/tea/coffee.

7. Plan outings for your scheduled load shedding time. During the day it’s not so bad, but at night it can get real depressing sitting in the dark night after night. A movie, a date night, a meal out, late night Christmas shopping, hanging with friends on a different schedule to you – all do wonders at boosting your mood and reducing the effect load shedding actually has on you. Don’t be scared to call on your community!

8. If it’s within your budget, look at getting an inverter system, or generator. Even the most basic system will give you a few hours of the minimum: lights, chargers, tv maybe a fan.

I know it sucks, and is frustrating and makes you shake your head and swear and rage. But try remember the many wonderful things that you do have as a result of living in SA. And enjoy all the candle lit bubble baths you want!

Here are some of my own tips:1. If you are doing nails it is a good idea and budget friendly to invest in a USB nail oven that you can work with the power bank.2. Keep enough food in the cupboard or pantry that is not needed for cooking. Chips, cans, box of juice, water.3. For safety in and around the home, make sure your alarm system works with batteries.4. If you have a camp gas bottle you can easily heat water on the gas for bathing in a dish.
5. Keep enough water aside if the water also goes off so that there will be enough water for washing dishes, body wash and flushing toilets.6. Power banks do not always last and if your power, like ours; has been down for 48 hours over the past week, it is important to keep enough candles, a lighter and matches at hand.7. Remember the first aid kit! Anything can happen so keep everything from insect repellent to stuff for burns nearby.8. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby as well. Candles are not always safe and with small children running around, anything can happen.Remember, we are stronger than load shedding. We are saddened by what we see happening around us, but the joy of the Lord is our strength and our protection.Toodles!

7 thoughts on “Tips for loadshedding

    • sonell sê:

      Dankie ❤️ Dit gaan rof. Ek het nie hierdie jaar so baie lus OF moed gehad om te skryf nie. 😞 Dalk oor al ons reëlings wat my maar besig gehou het EN graad 1. 😅

      Ek het verlede maand ‘n Tesis geskryf oor ons identiteit in Christus, so behoort binnekort terugvoer te kry mbt dit.

      Verder werk ek bitter hard om die pot aan die kook te hou sodat ons kan spaar vir Amerika. Gisteraand net voor 7 eers by die salon uitgestap.

      Ek is moeg. Eerlikwaar. Maar die Hoop beskaam nie en is die Here my krag, my blydskap en my beskutting. 🤗🙌🏻

      Hoe gaan dit by julle?

      • Una sê:

        Dankie vir jou ‘update,’ Sonell, ek wonder dikwels oor hoe dit met julle gaan. Geluk, jy het graad 1 deurgekom.😘 Het julle al ń idee wanneer julle vertrek?

      • sonell sê:

        Ek wonder nou weer hoe dit op Rebusfontein gaan 😂

        Graad 1 het vinnig gegaan. 😄

        Ons bid op hierdie stadium vir die vroegste Mei maand, anders sal dit dalk eers in Augustus wees.

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