Internet Down 2

We lost our connection but our Internet is back up again in our area and we hope this will continue. Sorry about my absence on your blogs and my engagement with you all, but there’s nothing we can really do about it.

We’ve been having serious problems with various aspects of our infrastructure in South Africa. Our Electricity Supply Commission has not maintained their equipment properly and we have been having electricity blackouts throughout the country. They call it Load Shedding where they shift the load on the grid, because of the incapacity of power stations,Β in order to keep things going. This is having a profound effect on our economy. People are losing their jobs and investment coming in to the country is being cut and limited. Everything is being effected by this and it is reaching rather serious levels. Even our mobile service providers are struggling to provide services.

Sadly we are a country of monopolies and corruption which creates another set of problems when it comes to services to the nation. According to the Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa has lost 700 billion Rand to corruption over the last 20 years and things don’t seem to be getting better. Nobody is being called to account and it’s a very sad state of affairs.

Any way enough of my moaning; we remain positive. Hope the internet connection holds up this time. Again sorry about the prolonged absence.



About Don

My name is Don Scrooby and I live in the United Kingdom. I have a deep love for nature and open spaces and one of my great loves in life is sketching, particularly in pen and water colour and occasionally in pencil. I’m quite new at the art and I sketch mainly from photographs I’ve taken, but also enjoy outdoor sketching. My sketchbooks, although no great shakes, are important to me and I decided to create my blog in order to share some of their contents with those who may be interested.
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30 Responses to Internet Down 2

  1. Hariod Brawn says:

    Sorry to hear of these issues Don, and more so that they are due in no small part to corruption.


  2. Val Boyko says:

    I’ve missed you, you old boots.
    Making to the move the UK sounds like excellent timing Don!


  3. Dan Antion says:

    Sorry to hear this. It’s particularly distressing when you hear a term like “load shedding” and realize that they mean shutting off the power on people and businesses.


    • Don says:

      That’s precisely it Dan. It does become extremely disconcerting especially when economic growth is so essential to fight the levels of poverty we experience in this land..


  4. davecenker says:

    Sorry to hear of your difficulties Don – and I am not necessarily speaking of the internet. Best wishes for a positively inspired day!


  5. Oh my gosh – that is so serious Don! My heart goes out to all of you. Has it impacted you as well? ❀
    Diana xo


  6. calvin says:

    Sorry Kemosabe, no ex’s and oh’s from Tonto here. I thought maybe you and yours might be just busy packing a sack to get of a Dodge..

    When you love someone you hate to see them suffer. And what one feelings towards a country is no different. A country is flesh and blood, not just a room one leases for a time or a faceless mob.. Greed is always that stone in the shoe that pains the emotional equity that one has build up.

    A disintegrating infra structure not a good sign. Yet I see South Africa on a good number lists of merging markets.


  7. It is so sad that corruption is so widespread and costs so much. It is always the innocent who suffer from the greed od a minority.
    My cousin (then in his late 70s) had to leave South Africa because he & his wife could no longer cope with the violence & problems there.
    Hope you all at least stay safe until you leave it behind.


  8. It’s good to hear from you again, Don, but I’m sorry there are such deep problems causing all this. Corruption is everywhere, and the few profit considerably for misery they cause for so many.
    I second Linda’s hopes that you stay safe.


    • Don says:

      Thank you Marylin. One simply has to remain positive whatever the situation, and I don’t mean that in a superficial sense, a kind of blindness to what is happening; there are positive things that one can focus on and that is where one’s energy needs to be put.


  9. Mary says:

    I’m sorry to read of these issues Don, it’s actually scary to see how out of control the situation has gotten. My friend, another artist from South Africa, has written about the same problem that has only gotten worse and they don’t expect much better any time soon. Relocating is sounding better every day, right?


  10. Look forward to having you back on board soon Don. πŸ™‚ We miss you.


  11. Susan Feniak says:

    It is just nice to know you are still out there! Take care.


  12. Don says:

    Thank you Susan.


  13. ladyfi says:

    Sad to hear what is happening to such a lovely country.


  14. Darrel H says:

    Over the last 3 years I have battled to remain positive about our country. Glad you are moving to the UK. Once Catherine and I are married… we will do the same πŸ™‚


    • Don says:

      Thanks Darrel. The struggle is so sad in our land. I know how you have always been positive about the country and I have really admired you for that. But I’m afraid good people like yourself are now beginning to find less and less to be positive about. It’s so tragic.

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