SA, from enlightenment to darkness

A model levitating

Hello Darkness my old friend,
we go from Stage 2 to 4 again.
I’ve got to say that it’s quite annoying
Waiting for the lights while doing nothing.


I’m stuck here on the bog, having just dropped the Captain’s log
Now I’m fumbling in the dark
Trying to clean up that last shart

The contents of the ceramic bowl, it’s like the Eskom rigmarole
Confusion, it gallops through their halls
To fix this will require big … thoughts
In the meantime, SA stumbles in the dark
like Jurassic Park

There’s no power, to guide us.

I guess there’s nothing like having to sit on our hands to help boost the creativity levels. It is just a bit tough, trying to make notes by candlelight. I cannot imagine what it must be like for South Africa’s youth trying to get ahead in life. Studying by the venerable wax candle or relying on battery power.

What then of their parents who have been working hard all their lives to try make a better life – and are forced to watch their children struggling even more than they did. Technological regression does not improve lives.

The lack of power generation capacity in South Africa does not border on the criminal, it is criminal. When the (historically) largest economy in Africa is crippled to the point of having citizens take turns to use their electrical goods, the country has devolved into farce. Quite the dystopian reality.

There is a lot the political players of this country have to answer for, not least that of breaking the promise of creating a better life for the people that live in it.

On a final note, Irish inventions date back from the 20th century all the way to the 14th, with some even pre-dating the existence of history itself. Among them is the ejector seat, the three-point tow hitch, colour photography, the portable defibrillator, the submarine, Milk of Magnesia, modern meat curing and bacon and, of course, whiskey.

It should be noted, the invention of whiskey (and Caid, the pre-cursor to football) took place in the 14th century. The next recorded invention by the Irish was in the 17th century, some 300 years later. Not only does it appear that those three centuries were spent in appreciation of the dram, but it might well have influenced the invention of the next, the sport of road bowling. This is the sport of tossing a metal ball down country roads by the fewest number of throws. I leave you to make of this what you will. The only addendum I make is that the invention to follow from this was that of the creation of modern chemistry by Robert Boyle.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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