Load shedding has unfortunately created havoc all over SA for the umpteenth time. As if life wasn’t tough enough already, you now have to face even more difficulties when you try to turn on the kettle, only to realise that there’s a power failure.
Luckily, there’s gumtree.co.za– the site that’ll make all your load shedding troubles a thing of the past. We found seven products online to help you survive when Eskom decides to turn out the lights. If you’re a bargain-hunting queen, you can find second-hand items for lower prices and save a ton of cash while you’re at it.
1. Camping stove (R200 – R1000)
Even if you’re not keen on camping, a camping stove and a small gas bottle can be life-savers when you’re craving a hot meal after a long day.
2. Gas braai (R1500 – R6000)
This gadget is perfect for whipping up a tasty dish in a flash if you’re starving but have a tight schedule.
3. Rechargeable LED lights (R100 – R1500)
Who wants to clean up melted candle wax when the power’s eventually back on? No one! Spare yourself the trouble with rechargeable LED lights. Plus, you won’t have to hunt for batteries to switch on a torch.
4. Power bank (R300 – R500)
Given our modern-day dependency on cellphones, two and a half hours without our trusty devices can feel like an eternity. Keep them charged up with a nifty power bank.
5. Portable high-speed hotspot (R450)
Whether we need to catch up on emails or scroll through Insta, we can’t imagine what our lives would be without the internet. A portable high-speed hotspot will ensure that you stay connected without eating up your data.
6. Board games (R50 – R1000)
If for any reason you can’t connect to the internet or turn on the TV, keep yourself and your besties entertained with good old board games.
7. Domestic-scale generator (R1000 – R8000)
Although there are ways to get by without electricity, you can be totally unaffected by Eskom’s operational glitches when you have your very own domestic-scale generator, installed by a qualified electrician.