Tuesday, February 17, 2015

And now, this break from South Africa

Here's a little solace for Bostonians as their transit system crumbles in front of them.  (The proximate cause is continuous heavy snowfall, but the real cause is years and years of underfunding of critical infrastructure.)  Although this is an intensely serious matter, sometimes humor can help:  Some good-natured friends in South Africa report about problems with their national electric power system (ESKOM) and engage in sarcasm about their president, Jacob Zuma.

One writes:

The country is all upset about our electricity crisis – we are now in Stage 3 of load shedding which means up to 5 hours without power each day. Thank you Mr Zuma for giving us more time off our computers to reflect and meditate. 

Another sends this joke:

Eskom has bad news and good news……
The bad news is that the sh*t is going to hit the fan, however……the good news is that the fan is off due to load shedding….
And another notes:
We have a new verb now, to be Eskommunicated.

Meanwhile, the cartoonists are hard at work:
“Grootse Treffers” translates to “Greatest Hits”

1 comment:

aehannan said...

Eskommunicated, love it! Shameful that we, as one of the highest cost living centers in the US as well as boastful and elitist about our health and academic institutions, can't even return Charlie from point A to point B in a timely and safe manner.