This is a disgrace

Just a short rant today because I am too angry to think clearly.

Yesterday, Eishkom decided that it was Knysna’s turn to close up shop and read the newspaper at 12 noon. All economic activity came to a halt, and the numerous electricity-dependant tasks that I was busy with, just stopped.

At about 2pm the electricity came back on, but most people in Knysna just decided to call it a day, drink beer, and try again the next day. That is, the whole of Knysna’s electricity came back on, except for the unlucky few who pay their electricity bill by direct debit on the Internet. You see, while the lights were off, these law-abiding ratepayers, including myself, were having our electricity cut off for “non-payment”.

“Non-payment? How can that be? I paid my bill on time by direct debit. A phone call to the Electricity Dept. revealed that, yes, apparently they had received our payment on time, but they had no electricity, and thus no means of going into their bank account on the Internet to check who had paid.


Profuse apologies from them, and a technician arrived another 3 hours later (5PM) to switch it back on.

RESULT : 51 dead Tilapia fish from lack of oxygen.

It’s not the monetary cost, it’s the sheer incompetence.


Highly p*ssed off.



7 thoughts on “This is a disgrace”

  1. I still reckon they have space for you over here…or join us in Aus… 🙂

    Bummer Dude… I guess its fishpaste for you on your sarmies tonight…


  2. Nothing goes to waste in the system. They merely died of suffocation so they are quite edible. I have frozen them in the mean time. They will be minced, mixed with some other (vegetable-based) goodies, dried out, pelletised and then used as fish food.

  3. Noon until 5pm … only 5 hours of downtime turns into 51 dead fish? That seems to me to be an extremely fragile system … I’m in the Philippines where power outages are fairly common … of course I’d be prepared to do something when the power goes out, but 5 hours to fish death seems pretty drastic.

    1. Hi Kevin H,

      Those were very early days with low dissolved oxygen and high stocking densities and ammonia levels. A mature system can last days without electricity.



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