Forget book clubs, in the age of load-shedding switch to a power club
Joburger Meg Pascoe had a lightbulb moment when she came up with the power-sharing concept
Move over book clubs, here come the power clubs.
Johannesburg confectioner and caterer Meg Pascoe has started a club that allows people on different grids to help each other with their electricity needs during load-shedding.
Pascoe, who coincidentally sports a lightbulb tattoo on her shoulder, has proposed that people offer their houses as charging stations for electronic devices as well as make dinner for friends who have no power and no access to gas cookers.
“The concept of a power club is really quite simple. There is going to come a time in the not so distant future when South Africans are potentially going to be without electricity for days on end.
“My idea is to band together to form power clubs and rely on each other for power in times of need.
“If you’re friends with people who live on different grids to you, then take turns helping each other out. If you’re not – make friends with people who live on different grids.”
Pascoe believes social media platforms such as WhatsApp can be used to keep people informed about power cuts so they can plan.
“Offer your house up as a charging station for electronic devices. If you’ve got a generator allow friends and neighbours to use your electricity and get them to contribute towards the diesel for the generator.
“Make dinner for friends who are sitting in the dark without access to gas cookers. Spend the dark evenings together, at a friend’s house that has electricity. Make an evening out of it ... safety in numbers.”
Pascoe hopes power clubs will also encourage freelancers to work together at one person’s house, while she has her sights set on starting a load-shedding dinner service from a food truck.
“Basically, we all need to start standing together and working together in order to keep going, or this country is really going to fall apart at the seams.”
Her power club concept has been lauded on Twitter, with many supporting the idea.
“This is such a good idea. Like car pooling, but for electricity,” said one Twitter user.
Another said: “Pooling neighbourhood resources for shelter from load-shedding is a great active citizenship idea.