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Eskom’s power-alerts – How can we help you?

Eskom general manager Andrew Etzinger confirmed that power-alerts would be flighted on SABC television to encourage electricity savings.

Green, Orange, Red and Brown.

Sort of like the American homeland terrorist alerts but without the pictures of bearded men :

In order to assist you we set out hereunder the Eskom description of the meaning of each colour, with my translation into plain English just below :

“GREEN” – Limited strain on national supply.

In plain English (IPE) ; We don’t think there’s a problem but we’ve been wrong before.

“ORANGE” – Limited strain on national supply – turn off non-essentials to conserve power.

IPE : Non-essentials include heart-lung machines, respirators and the like.

It means they’re looking at their panel and they’re stuffed if they know why the switch keeps tripping.

“RED” – Increased strain on national supply.

IPE : We’ve killed all the patients, brought banking to it’s knees, wiped out the retailers and the manufacturing sector BUT still can’t push the switch back up.

“BROWN” – (Which will be the colour of your under-rods if you see it flashing) means significant strain on the national supply and power shedding is taking place…

IPE : They’ve switched the whole country off, they’ve tried bringing in every expert yet to be retrenched, there’s more electricity coming off your carpet than the national grid and they still can’t frigging get the switch back up.


Please Note : Those of you who have written in to tell us that these wenners don’t have a clue why we are experiencing these blackouts are wrong.

For example they confirm ;

The whole of Cape Town was blacked out last November because Mr Alan Goosen of Seapoint had to turn on his CD Player at the same time as Roger Mhakanya of Stellenbosch was using his Snackwitch Maker. If people are going to go wild the grid just wont cope.

Remember Eskom are people too.


  • Mike Trapido is a criminal attorney and publicist having also worked as an editor and journalist. He was born in Johannesburg and attended HA Jack and Highlands North High Schools. He married Robyn in 1984 (Mrs Traps, aka "the government") and has three sons (who all look suspiciously like her ex-boss). He was a counsellor on the JCCI for a year around 1992. His passions include Derby County, Blue Bulls, Orlando Pirates, Proteas and Springboks. He takes Valium in order to cope with Bafana Bafana's results. Practice Michael Trapido Attorney (civil and criminal) 011 022 7332 Facebook


  1. David David 24 January 2008

    I noticed that this blog is “how we can help”. It’s obviuos that none of us can really solve the power Blakout problem soon, so we just have to bear with it. Altho, I may give you one thing that has helped me till now. I got myself a Ups Invertor which gives me up to 8 hours backup power when power fails.

    The price for one of these is R4999 but I see it as a investment as I don’t get any harm because of unforseen shutdowns to my computer etc.

    If you are interested… I got mine from

  2. Riaan Oosthuysen Riaan Oosthuysen 4 March 2008

    The Powergroup has been called into life to invite as many as possible people, companies, entities to join hands to bring a united action against Eskom / Government. An action of this multitude will have similarities to the United States version of a class action, but will be based on a dilict and not the enforcement of an infringement of a right in the Bill of Rights. Although indirectly some of our rights in the Bill of Rights has been infringed due to power shedding this will not be the basis to bring the action against Eskom / Government, but the infringements could form part of the particulars of claim. It is time to bring Eskom Management to book. If we want so save our Country we have to act now. For more information see

  3. Riaan Oosthuysen Riaan Oosthuysen 18 March 2008

    Power Shedding

    Power Shedding is back, at least in Gauteng. I’m not sure what is happening in the rest of the country but I presume it happening everywhere. I’ve listened to the traffic reports this morning, spoke to some people and received a lot of report of inconvenience and disruptions.

    We called the Powergroup into life during January this year in the mist of Load Shedding. Shortly thereafter Load Shedding stopped and everybody was happy again. This weeks Load Shedding according to Eskom is due to ‘n sudden demand of Electricity due to the cold weather. This of course is just ‘n forerunner in the small for the winter on hands. What’s happening now will just repeat on a much bigger scale in the winter to come. In the mean time at least 4 of Eskom generators are out of commission. This just reflects back to the reports brought out by which indicated a lack of planning and maintenance on the whole Electricity grit.

    In the mean time Eskom shifts the blame to the consumer. They show their teeth and indicate if we do not use less power we will feel their grunt. I agree, we must use less electricity to get through this crisis, but we must also demand heads to roll of people who are the authors of this crisis and replace them with competent people who does not only do the talk, but also do the walk. If one’s look at Eskom’s financial statements it is clear on their own account that they are the only authors of the electricity crisis.

    Million of people had billions of damages due to mismanagement of Eskom and it is time to claim back that was taken away en pressurize Eskom and Government to implement a plan of action and not just talk about it.

    I spoke to a lot op people who indicated that what will it help to take on a giant like Eskom. There is a duty on everyone of us to act now. If we do not act we will give Eskom and the Government the green light to proceed with mismanagement. Just look at our roads, look at our municipalities, look at the state of our rivers, and look at the state of service in government organizations. Government organizations are kept alive by business that is forced to do the work of Government officials if business wants to keep the economy alive. I see at the Masters Office, Magistrate Courts, and Municipality Offices. How long will we tolerate this?

    I’ve been criticized that I am using emotions and religion to make profit out of an unfortunate crisis in the country. I’ve been criticized that I am busy with touting. I believe that God uses people to bring change about. This means that God will use people to turn our country back to the country it is supposed to be. I am willing to stand up and make a difference. Are you?

    If everyone runs away from the problems in our beautiful South Africa with all of its opportunities, I will stil be here because I believe in this country. I know what God has in store for this Country and I know that I’ve got a purpose in this country, do you?

    I the mean time Eskom bosses cant wait for the 31 of March 2008 due in 13 days when they will receive an huge bonus of more than R10 Million for allowing this Electricity crises and all we can do is complain, criticize en point fingers but doing nothing, I repeat nothing at all. When will we wake up? When will we put our money where our mouth is?

    Powergroup is waiting in anticipation for South Africans and anybody who wants to make a difference in this beautiful country. Powergroup with their experts are already in the position to prove in court that Eskom was negligent in managing electricity in South Africa. According to their own financial statements there is more than enough money available to build more power stations and to pay out damages to people who have been hit hard by this crisis. This has been so for the last 10 years. If we do not act, where will we be in 10 years?

    If we unite and stand together we will be the Giant who can force Eskom and Government to act now and we can be through this crisis before we know it. Thereafter we as citizens wil be able to force municipalities and governmental institutions to perform the duties and restore our country to the state it is supposed to be.

    Riaan Oosthuysen

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