We’re back to 5 hours a day of power cuts here in sunny South Africa, in the middle of winter. The state owned power utility company that provides electricity for the country has been in a struggling state for some years now, with little improvement. As a result every few months they place the country under “load shedding” constraints for some weeks at a time. So here we are again will scheduled blackouts in neatly arranged 2.5 hour slots, once or twice every 24 hours.
At least we are forewarned that the power will be off for specific two hour intervals in the town. In this way the load on the power company systems is minimized by using this phased power cut throughout the entire country at varying times for each town or city. Our cuts come at 8pm usually, but today being a weekend we had one from 2-4.30am and another from 10am-12.30pm. So they could arrive at any time slot.
We simply have to work around these scheduled blackouts. Here on the farm where I rent, we rely on bore hole pumps, so when the power goes off then the water pump also goes off. Fortunately we cook on gas, and bring in all our drinking water since the farm bore hole water is full of heavy metals and not palatable...or too healthy apparently.
The effect on the economy can only be debilitating, as restaurants or any company doing business has to use a back-up generator that runs on even more expensive petrol or diesel. Although it’s winter now, we don’t get snow and so it’s not intolerably cold and the sun shines throughout the winter albeit for shorter duration. So the power cuts are not life threatening, as they might be in the snowy northern hemisphere, or in an excessively hot tropical climate.
The country has struggled to maintain the power utility company over the past 25 years and it is in steady decline, despite attempts to revamp it with new power plants that simply never made it to go online and join the grid. Incompetence or corruption are the usual obstacles, despite billions spent on construction. Two massive new power plants sit totally unused and possibly even useless after those billions went into building them.
And so we sit in a situation that is worse than it was 25 years ago, when there was never such a thing as scheduled blackouts to alleviate the load on the power supply grid. It seems that we are going backwards here in a once efficient leading third world economy. China now owns us basically, thanks to their “debt trap diplomacy”. We are getting more new Chinese nationals becoming ministers in our parliament so the obvious takeover is clear for anyone who follows world politics. USA is also becoming sold out to China who aims to take over the world soon. May be they will fix our power plants.
If they do then they will also probably take control of our mineral wealth and natural resources as we become a satellite province, much like many other nations currently. It continues to be a slow slide into decay and dictatorship here in South Africa and on the planet generally in this decade so I don’t expect any improvement in my lifetime, only an erosion of our inalienable human rights as the tyranny of a communist dictatorship overtakes what was once a capitalist democratic western world.
The China model will usurp your privacy and control over your wealth as social credit score and UBI emerge on the back of the CBDCs. Here in South Africa our government is already half communist and a new law is being passed called the “land expropriation bill” which allows the state to confiscate anyone’s private land if they feel like it. There used to be some sort of compensation but it’s moving to “expropriation without compensation”. Add to that this month’s massive gun confiscation drive and you have the makings of a textbook totalitarian takeover in the making.
Any intelligent person, especially in USA, knows that once they come for your guns and your right to bear arms, then you know that the checks and balances are being removed by the state who is becoming a dictatorship. I presume the entire planet is going in that direction, particularly USA who are being dismantled as the old world power, while the new communist system takes over the world via the WEF design for the year 2030, where “you will own nothing and be happy”.
The world is undergoing a “Great Reset” and will not look the same by the end of this decade. Say goodbye to your freedom of speech, right to bear arms, privacy and all of the rights you thought were yours. Planet China will re-educate you in camps and big brother will watch every keystroke. Add to that the mass global culling of the human population via fake killer vaccine and you have a nice little George Orwell plot unfolding in the next few years. I see it now and write about it here for posterity while I still can before the CCP take over. I wonder how we will keep the blockchains up and running with our free speech carried on it?