Enough of the whining status updates and plaintive tweets; no more ranting and raving about the economy; and please stop getting so road-rageful when the traffic lights are down. Cheer up with these 15 great reasons why load shedding is actually the best thing to happen right now.
No power at home? No problem. Just head to one of these restaurants open for business during load shedding.
Not that we need an excuse.
Shisa nyama could also go down a treat. And you don’t want to let those beers get warm, so drink up.
Don’t forget the wine opener and the napkins. Try these power-cut no-cook recipes to get you started.
Free from the tedious distraction of actually being able to see your food, you will be free to savour its heady aromas and textures.
What’s that behind you?
South Africans love to complain; it’s practically a national sport (whose ref we’d complain about too, given half the chance). Directing all our wrath at Eskom brings restaurateurs and diners together as a community, instead of pitted against each other, as is often the case in online reviews.
The best items – oysters, bubbly, fancy chocolate – will go off soonest (trust us), so best you get started right away.
Because it’s just not safe to keep milk in the fridge. Here are some great coffee shops where you can indulge in needless sweetness, and a list of where to find frothy iced coffee in your neighbourhood.
Be sure to do it Nigella style – in a dashing satin nightgown – and make sure you don’t give yourself away by rustling. (Prepare in advance by stashing your crisps and chocolates in muffled jiffy bags.)
After all that shopping, defrosting and raiding, you’ll probably need an early night. Load shedding is exhausting.