Load shedding hit South Africans hard this week, except for those few hours when it didn’t. Instagrammer Ziaan Meyer hit the nail on the head with his video calling out how South Africans react when they are load shed.
There’s that family member who has the boardgames ready to go immediately after the lights go off and the other one who is in denial and has to check the area to make sure they are not alone in their struggle.
Who you really want to be is the person who has a generator; but who you don’t want to be is their neighbour drowning in the loud sound and diesel fumes.
Which describes your load shedding personality?
1. The generator (generational) wealth
If you’re savvy enough to save for one or wealthy enough to afford it, every South African – besides your neighbour – hopes to be you.
2. The scared one
These are mostly children, but several adults have also been seen scattering to find light as soon as the lights go off. The best advice is to stop rewatching The Ring and The Shining when you do have electricity.
3. Load shedding denial
Who’s guilty of double-checking whether all the neighbours lights are out too? Surely, they didn’t do this to you only?
4. Pass the boardgames
The boardgames extremists have already looked at the schedule and planned the games in the order of which they will be played. Go time is the minute the lights go off and the candles are lit – and not a minute later.
5. The over-worker
Yes you, the one who always has work to do. The one who can’t stop for two hours because everything around you will collapse. If you are reading this and it resonates with you, you need a digital detox. You can thank us later.
6. The under-worker
Please refer to number 5. If that means nothing to you then you seriously need to reconsider your priorities. You are literally the only type of person who thinks load shedding is a luxury. You need to rethink your life choices.