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A day in the life of a South African....

A few of my friends have checked in to see how things are going because of everything they are hearing about what is going on in South Africa at the moment. I know that there is a lot going on in many countries, so I am not taking away from that, I am just venting today because I feel broken, disillusioned and scared. In true South African style we joke about everything, but it is no longer a joke.

We have been sitting on 10 to12 hours a day with no electricity. We have what they call load shedding, so they rotate who has power. So 3 x a day your power is turned off for 2 to 4 hours depending on the Stage we are on.
What does this mean? It means you wake up with no electricity, ok we can do this, we now have lights and gas etc - but no, you can't dry your hair if you wash it. You leave home an extra 20 minutes early because as you drive to your destination, traffic lights are out, so you queue in traffic. It takes you an extra 40 minutes, maybe an hour, maybe more, all depending on how many lights are out. In between that you are dodging pothole after pothole because they haven't fixed the roads. Grass and weeds are overgrown on the sides of the road, so pedestrians are encroaching on the bit of road we have left. The number of beggars on the roads is increasing, you look away, trying not to see the pain in their eyes, you help some, but you can't help all. You get to the office - oh imagine that, now their electricity goes out for a few hours. Inverter on, ok at least I can carry on doing emails. Then you maybe get a few hours with power and then it's time to go home....yep, you guessed it, more lights out, more traffic. You stop at the store to get some food, because we can't stock our fridges and freezers. You pick up a salad, it's got hints of brown on because even their generators cannot keep up with the amount of load shedding we having. You go on over to the ready cooked chickens, it's empty - everyone has bought what was there and stocks are low because farmers are having to kill off millions of chicks because there isn't power to do what they need to do to and it makes its impossible for them to run profitably. Take aways are running low on food choices whilst farmer cannot farm. In the meantime small business after small business has closed down because they cannot operate due to the loadshedding, their income has reduce so much and cost of living has increased substantially and they simply cannot afford to pay for the power back up they do the only thing they can - shut their doors and hope to find a job. CV after CV later, sorry no one is hiring because even big business is feeling the pinch.

Every week you hear of someone's father, brother, friend etc that committed suicide, they just couldn't anymore. Some will tell you the story of how people spoke about "un-aliving" themselves so at least their policy will pay out and their families can get money.
People are desperate, angry, sad, depressed...everywhere you go it's hardship after hardship and our already crazy crime stats get worse as more and more people lose jobs and become desperate.

Beaches are in a state in some provinces, with the ocean being contaminated for months now and just nothing being done about it. Apparently there is no money, but it seems government has loads of money for fancy cars, big events, international travel - awarding contracts to people who cannot do the job. A R50 broom charged at R2000 because there is so much corruption. Everyone is just stealing left, right and centre - backhand after back hand.

Right now it is harder than ever to live in this country and the future is bleak, but many of us cannot leave... but the light at the end of the tunnel is dying fast....all I think is I am a pretty optimistic, positive person and if I feel the way I do today, my heart breaks for those who battle to hold their head up when things get tough.

Anyway, I am sure no one even read this far, but I needed to spew this out somewhere and doing it on a local social network that will spread more disillusion to the people going through this was not an an option....

Cry, the beloved country 馃嚳馃嚘
Sutten36-40, F
I understand im from SA :(
Rutterman46-50, M
This is heartbreaking. I am so sorry for what you and your fellow South Africans are going through. As it doesn't sound like things will get better anytime soon, I hope you can find a way to leave the country and establish a new life somewhere else.
Having been to South Africa and spent many happy months there, I can only hope it doesn't go the same way as Zimbabwe. Thinking of you and my S African friends in Cape Town.

N'kosi Sikelel 'iAfrika 馃嚳馃嚘
I read it. I read it all.

Heart-breaking and vivid. I wonder how many understand we all stand a year or three from there?
Fantabulous46-50, F
@Mamapolo2016 Thank you for really is heart-breaking...I pray that things turn around for other countries before they head down the same path
I am sorry to hear about this.

As a global community we really need to rethink our economic system too. When you have a situation anywhere where you have food shortages because food is thrown out of wasted because it is not "profitable" in a completely artificial system something is very broken.
All our leaders are beholden to this green new deal by hook or crook.
Cheap coal fired energy is being phased out under the guise of climate emergency.

Millions are going to starve and die in their quest to destroy our food source, and get us to eat bugs..

rrraksamam31-35, M
Yep. South Africa is beginning to feel like Lebanon (but with more crime).
I think it's only a matter of time before the banks will decide people can't withdraw money anymore
@rrraksamam That would be the destruction of SA. People will go crazy.
I am so sorry. Horrible conditions resulting from gov't corruption. The green agenda will only lead to greater misery.
therighttothink5056-60, M
It's a shame your beautiful land is gong to hell through massive corruption, praying things get better soon.
I can鈥檛 imagine, living day to day like this.
The worry and stress鈥
I鈥檓 sorry
DHggmu26-30, M
That was horrible to read. I know there are countless countries with their own issues and that鈥檚 awful too, but what the cost of living is doing to some countries is criminal. We work full time and can barely pay our bills, literally working to survive. What kind of life is that? I鈥檓 so sorry to hear what is happening in South Africa. I can only hope it gets better.
Fantabulous46-50, F
@DHggmu Thanks for reading. I agree, it's tough in so many countries, we can only hold on to hope that things will get better.
That鈥檚 such a toxic environment to live in, Fab鈥t鈥檚 like you鈥檙e out there fending for yourselves while the Govt is a mess/non-existential. 馃槶

Breaks my heart鈥ome here and live with us, Fab. Please leave that dangerous place for the sake of your loved ones鈥︷煒

Missed you tons鈥.馃挅 But didn鈥檛 expect this鈥
Fantabulous46-50, F
@Vivaci If we could leave we would Viv 鈽癸笍, but so many things make that really difficult.

Miss you too my sweet 馃
@Fantabulous I read that in the comments below. 馃挃馃槚

Check pm 馃槝馃
I have a decent home I鈥檝e been trying to sell because I want to leave鈥eople don鈥檛 want to buy here because of the corrupt town council. Just yesterday I received a warning for 47 k rates account when I know it鈥檚 up to date. Town council here we come..again, last time I was there for 6 hours to be promised it鈥檚 ll sorted.
helensusanswift26-30, F
Your government seems more corrupt than ours - is there an election coming up?
I thought SA had huge gold and mineral reserves. In fact, I thought it was one of the richest countries in Africa.
Fantabulous46-50, F
@helensusanswift there are elections next year, but when majority of voters are destitute, it's amazing what the promise of a free meal and a t shirt can do in exchange for a vote.
No matter how many resources we have, when corruption is rife, it only benefits a select few.
helensusanswift26-30, F
@Fantabulous That is entirely correct. British elections were like that once, and it took many attempts and much effort to create a better system. Now it seems to be sliding back into the mire with the present administration. I hope you can sort things out soon.
@Fantabulous and loyalty to the past.
I read it all my friend. My home land is also run by a similarly inept and corrupt government. How long has load shedding been going for? I saw in the news they mentioned at least another year of it is expected
Fantabulous46-50, F
@BeefySenpie :( it's so sad. It started in 2008 and they did none of the changes they were meant to do. They keep lying and saying another year but the engineers say it is a 5 to 10 year fix, given that the current systems are failing and they new ones have not been built.
Ambroseguy8051-55, M
Oh Fantab! Sounds absolutely horrid! Be well, my lady. Do we know a valid reason there is such a 鈥減ower shortage鈥? Or is it just Communism advancing on the world?
Fantabulous46-50, F
@Ambroseguy80 Amby it's awful! Everyone is just sad and angry all the time. Basically when our new government took over 30 years ago, they never listened to the engineers who advised them about building new power plants and maintaining them. Every contract was awarded to one of their affiliates, who had no idea how to do the job. So now unit after unit is failing and all the money has been eaten up by these corrupt idiots.
Ambroseguy8051-55, M
@Fantabulous I am so sorry, sweetheart 馃

What a short-sighted government 馃挃
CommandLine56-60, M
I read it too.
I am shocked that it is so bad. Be brave, we are thinking of you.
Fantabulous46-50, F
@CommandLine Thank you for reading, your kind words are appreciated 馃
CommandLine56-60, M
@Fantabulous unfortunately kind words cannot make things better for you, I wish they could though. 馃
Convivial26-30, F
Your country and the people have my sympathy... No chance for you to leave?
Fantabulous46-50, F
@Convivial I could apply for my British passport by descent, but it costs so much money and trying to do the paper work this side is a disaster. Then on top of that my eldest son (20) would not qualify to leave with me
Convivial26-30, F
@Fantabulous i can see the problem... Emigration?
WindTherapy56-60, M
Poor dear, I'm so sorry to hear this. It is very scary to read. Keeping you and others in my prayers.
Fantabulous46-50, F
@WindTherapy Thank you 馃
ineedadrink51-55, M
Wow, I had no idea things were that bad there. I'm sorry to hear it.
SalttyDawg70-79, M
A big 馃 for you
The USA is right behind you
basilfawlty8931-35, M
Yeah it's been rough.
It's heavily affecting my work. I'm on the South Coast of KZN, so it's brutally warm as well.
Fortunately, a friend of mine here in the apartment complex has weed, so that's been keeping me from going completely nuts during loadshedding.
Fantabulous46-50, F
@basilfawlty89 I know what you mean, it really is a beautiful country, but I think we have lost it to these idiots who are intent on destroying it. If I could I would go
basilfawlty8931-35, M
@Fantabulous should be our national anthem at this point:

Barny5256-60, M
Read and didn鈥檛 know about this xx
LunarOrbit56-60, M
I can鈥檛 imagine living like that. Im so sorry.
I hope things improve for you and your family.

If it鈥檚 any consolation鈥ome to Canada. Doors are open.

Fantabulous46-50, F
@LunarOrbit Thank you, I sure hope they improve!! Hee hee, now if I could just live through your cold winters 馃構
LunarOrbit56-60, M
@Fantabulous Right?!? My parents emigrated from Italy. You think they woulda googled 鈥楥anada鈥 before hopping on the boat?? Nooooo. I could be living somewhere hot right now lol
Way to much reading

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