Having to deal with breath-taking incompetence is just par for the course when talking about South African SEOs. For instance, a number of South Africans have taken to planning their days around Eskom’s convoluted load shedding schedules, only to have the power turned off, unannounced and unscheduled, mid-cake bake.
Very nice, Eskom, very nice indeed. Your dedication to the destruction of both our country and little children’s birthdays is sheer inspiration.
Of course, the downside to these schedules actually being implemented correctly is that it basically gives criminals a complete list of which areas will be without electricity and when, because yes, low-lives also read the news.
Nice to see you here, Mr Criminal. Sign up for life insurance below.
The reality is that criminals thrive in darkness, and they’re aware of the likelihood that many homes and businesses will be without security systems or perimeter defences during a blackout. Not to mention all those lovely hiding spots in your driveway.
It’s barely been a week and there’s already been an upswing in crime during load shedding, and there are justified concerns about it escalating beyond all control during the festive season.
Interpol's South African ambassador, Andy Mashaile, has voiced his anxieties over the high rate of crime at this time of year, particularly during a (not so) controlled black out.
Your flying squad, your public order policing, would serve best in the interest of the members of the community when they are deployed in an area where there’s going to be load shedding.
Well that’s a relief. So, what can we (as innocent citizens just trying to go about our day and pay taxes to keep black-hole SEOs afloat) do to ensure our own safety during load shedding?
Here are a couple of scenarios, and then tips on how to handle them.
Some of us find late night driving to be relaxing. There’s no real traffic, it’s peaceful and temperatures are far more pleasant. But, let’s face it; driving in the dark could quickly go the wrong way if you don’t have your wits about you.
Many motorists absolutely despise it, and those with poorer eyesight even flat out refuse to do it. Our peripheral vision and depth perception are worsened at night, as is our ability to distinguish colour. With street lamps out during Eskom’s displays of ineptitude, there’s no assistance at night or during bad weather.
We’re also far more fatigued and prone to dozing off behind the wheel, and we’ve got the drunkards on the road to worry about.
There just isn’t a lot of room for error.
While there are far fewer people driving at night, most car accidents still occur between midnight and 5am. And then, naturally, the dark adds another level of danger that many motorists aren’t too comfortable with. A filthy hijacker, for instance, could be lurking just out of sight.
At one point or another though, we might all have to undertake a nocturnal journey, so it’s better to be prepared and develop confidence in driving in the dark.
As if traffic conditions weren’t soul-destroying enough, we now have to deal with traffic lights being off during load shedding as well. The potential for idiocy is infinite.
Road safety organisation, Arrive Alive, recently released a statement addressing how drivers could maximise their own safety when load shedding hits during their commute.
Here are a couple of very basic rules of the road which all drivers should know:
Simple enough, right? And yet you would be surprised at how many people still block intersections, play with their phones, forget their indicators, change lanes without warning and behave in a reckless, discourteous manner each and every day. “We are all annoyed with load-shedding, but we also have the same objective – to arrive alive at our destinations,” said Arrive Alive.
Sometimes it helps to be able to think like a criminal. To prevent a burglar from targeting your home, you need to know what they look for in a target.
Logically, burglars would prefer to have your house to themselves. This is the fundamental difference between burglary and robbery – the presence of the victim. Though armed robbery is on the rise, burglary still occurs more often. After general theft and drug-related crimes, it is the biggest source of crime in South Africa.
According to News 24, nearly 70% of South African’s don’t feel safe at night, and that’s with all their security systems in place. Now, imagine removing that barrier entirely.
Home invasion is a very real, terrifying threat in South Africa. I’ll throw a couple of stats at you to completely ruin your sleep cycle.