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Lighter side of load shedding – Hayibo, Eskom

13 June 2008

This story was in our inbox this morning – had to google the headline to discover that it comes from a satirical site (if not mistaken, run by Tom Eaton) called Hayibo:

Blackouts back as Eskom caught off-guard by shock cooling called ‘winter’

JOHANNESBURG. A week after announcing that loadshedding would be halted, Eskom says an unexpected change in the Earth’s axis has plunged the country into a time of cold and darkness, prompting possible future power cuts. The phenomenon, identified by scientists as “winter”, has reportedly caused widespread panic at the utility.

Addressing journalists at Eskom’s Megawatt Park headquarters this morning, spokesman Eddie Motsepe apologised to consumers in advance for possible power outages, but said that the dramatic shift in the planet’s rotational alignment could not have been foreseen by the power provider.

“We are as confused and frightened as our consumers,” he said. “At this time all we know is that Earth has tilted over, and as such the southern hemisphere is no longer being struck by the full force of the sun’s rays.”

He said Eskom officials had confirmed that this phenomenon was known to the science community, and that it was called “winter”.

“We phoned the Geography department at the University of the Witwatersrand, and they told us,” he said.

He said he did not know whether or not “winter” would be permanent, but said the utility was preparing for the worst.

Visit Hayibo to read on…

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