South African's are learning to live in the dark as their power supply is unable to meet electricity demand. A rolling schedule of blackouts known as 'load shedding' have been introduced as a means to maintain the power supply of the country. Residents are encouraged to check electricity reports that read like weather forecasts, predicting the probability of load shedding in the country, as well as having printed electricity survival tips in newspapers that include how to prepare food without using electricity.
The power cuts are also hitting the economy with just a 1.4% increase in 2014. Industry and businesses are investigating alternative power supplies quickly as the blackouts are estimated to drag on for months even years as maintenance of the ageing power stations is carried out.