It’s a term that sends shivers down the spine of every South African, and perhaps not in the best way. “Loadshedding!” A term that we are all too familiar with. While loadshedding isn’t something we should necessarily have to adapt to, it’s here and we need to deal with it. Well, we’re going to shed some light on the situation (see what we did there) and have put together a short survival guide on how to make the most of this situation.
- Don’t be left in the dark. There are popular apps that give warnings pertaining to the loadshedding schedule. Make sure you know what your schedule is so that you can plan ahead as far as possible.
- Be those parents…plan for success. While it’s a lot of admin to keep up with, your mental health and emotions will thank you for it. As far as you can, see how you can work around the schedule for your area. If you know you’ll be out during “chaos” hour, get all the PJs goodies ready in advance and plan a fun candle-lit bath before the water in the taps run lukewarm or cold.
- Baby Moms and Dads invest in a good flask. Boil the water just before the lights go out and keep a good supply for making milk or heating expressed milk or baby food in their containers.
- Plan your meals. Invest in a little gas-operated stove or enjoy yummy sarmies that don’t require electricity. Alternatively, in the land of the best braaiers, light the coals or wood and enjoy a braai. You can even grill your veggies on the braai for an all-around lekker family meal. They’re not for weekends only.
- Get some family time in. Perhaps this is a good time to unplug. Save the battery life on those devices and enjoy quality family games or activities. From reading to painting or colouring together, you may as well use the time to unwind and bond.
- Keep it lit with candles, battery-operated lighting or rechargeable lights. There are a number of options on the market that will make manoeuvring around when the lights are out a little easier.