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Like a mushroom, kept the dark and fed BS: diary of a ...

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Like a mushroom, kept the dark and fed BS: diary of a (powerless) Joburger

Greenside’s Marthinus Jansen van Vuuren chronicles his frustrating experiences with councillors and City Power

Senior journalist

His frustration with going five days without electricity was almost enough to get him back to the gym — to take a hot shower.

With power finally restored on Friday, Greenside resident Marthinus Jansen van Vuuren can finally manage a smile again, though even after electricity was restored, he found out his geyser had blown. He joins hundreds of Joburg residents who have been buckling under the weight of no electricity — because of City Power outages, and then the double whammy of Eskom load-shedding.

Now — after an expensive week of takeout food, laundry services, R1,000 of petrol for the generator, damaged appliances, a garage motor that has blown and “an entire security system that’s fried” — he’s despondent and cynical about the lights remaining on...

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