Despite Eskom keeping us in the dark regarding the details of where the country stands electricity-wise right now (pun intended), stage four load-shedding was an unavoidable reality for most of South Africa. This meant having to cope with approximately three to four hours each day without electricity, and chances are high that it will happen again. What does this mean for students who need power to study, research and work on assignments? Basically, it means being diligent about planning ahead.
This is our load-shedding survival guide for students.
Download Your Load-Shedding Schedule
It’s important to note that this schedule is often more of an estimation. But it will give you a good idea of when to expect load-shedding in your area. If you see that you’ll be affected in the evening and you know that you have an assignment due the next day, endeavour to work on it well before the lights go out. It’s also advisable to start cooking in larger batches. You’ll be able to defrost a meal early in the day if you know that you won’t be able to cook later. This will save you a lot of money by helping you to avoid going in search of costly take-away meals multiple times a week.
Invest in a Portable Power Bank
These little gadgets are cheap to buy and can be real life-savers if load-shedding catches you unawares. These power banks store valuable energy which can be used at a later stage to charge a mobile device, such as your smartphone or tablet. The most cost-effective power bank for sale on Takelot.com right now is the Amplify Verve Power Bank 2000 mAh which is going for R129.
Gas stoves and gas lights are so worthwhile if you can afford them. Even a tiny gas cooker can go a long way towards helping you to survive load-shedding, without wanting to pull your hair out. If you can’t afford one, braaiing is the next best thing!
Ultimately, there’s very little that we can do about the situation as it stands. So why not use the extra time on your hands. Enjoy the break from technology and catch up on some much-needed Zs? Better yet, crack open a bottle of wine or some beers and spend some time with your friends and loved ones. While you’ll be forced to disconnect your smart devices, you’ll be able to re-connect with what’s most important in your life…