The power crisis is rapidly becoming an overworked, boring topic of conversation. There isn’t a single aspect of life that’s not affected by the rolling blackouts and that doesn’t come up for scathing political comment, heated economic debate, sarcastic humour or a personal story of epic proportions of extreme inconvenience and frustration.
When families or friends gather round in the evening for the routine, romantic candle-lit braai, children delight in being able to relate how "load shedding" can be used to explain why they were late for school or why they weren’t able to do their homework.
"Domestic engineers" are able to justify why they were able to abandon their powerless irons and vacuum cleaners to find a shopping mall or a hen’s tea party with power to while away the time.
"Breadwinners" bemoan the drop in productivity, predict bankruptcy and then go on to explain that a round of golf during "off-line" business hours is the only way to conduct meetings – even if, at the 19th hole, the beer is warm.
Inevitably, there are those among us who are rubbing their hands in glee and absolute delight. The power crisis has boosted sales of gas appliances, torches and candles by astronomical percentages while the availability and cost of a generator is likely to create a new class of super-rich among the suppliers.
And even within the ICT industry, particularly among suppliers of laptops and wireless 3G connectivity, there is a certain amount of optimism that they will be cashing in on the situation.
Inevitably, the "wags" have got in on the act and the jokes are flying. Power permitting, various SMSs and e-mails are suggesting that "up to 1994 there was white power. From 1994 to 2007 there was black power. From 2008 onwards there will be no power".
Another message doing its rounds points out that the difference between the Titanic and South Africa was that the ill-fated ship sank with its lights on.
Yes. There is something in the power crisis for everybody.
– David Bryant