Electricity in Umtata

We've all seen the photos of power cuts in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Now I am providing some from Umtata.

Here the power doesn't go out because too much is being used.  It goes out because it rains.  And sometimes just for fun.  It's very frustrating, because I take a lot of work home with me, and I'd like to be able to use my computer to do that work.  I've thought about a generator with a UPS to stabilise the current, but maybe I should go to bed early sometimes.  Power failures are usually at night, the most impractical time.

Here's the photo of Umtata at night with no electricity.

Umtata without electricity

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Posted by Umtata girl  
on April 12, 2007, 4:13 pm
I officially called Umtata my home for the first 18 years of my life but haven't been back in six years. I was feeling nostalgic, so I googled 'Umtata'. Your blog came up and when I saw this picture of Umtata with no electricity - I had to laugh! Most of my childhood evenings were spent in candlelight. I also lived just down the road from where your townhouse is (from what I can tell from the photos) - 5 Aloe Street, Fort Gale, to be exact. Can only imagine what that house looks life now. Anyway, thanks for the memories!

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Posted by stephen  
on April 13, 2007, 9:09 pm
I don't know my way around in terms of street names, but I know Aloe street is nearby ...

I'll hopefully have more photos in time ... so visit occasionally to see!

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Posted by me  
on May 18, 2007, 7:58 pm
its so strange that such things still happen in umtata , i stayed in don thompson drive just above aloe street and my problems were water cuts , electricity and gabbage staying outside for nights (food for my neighbours dogs)

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Posted by stephen  
on May 18, 2007, 8:02 pm
Then not much has changed ... they've moved potholes, that's all. Luckily my place has two water supplies - brilliant builders, those. When a large pipe burst some time ago, only my kitchen was affected.

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