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Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford
2020-04-06

Even in these tough times, three words terrify South Africans more than any others: “Loadshedding is back”. For readers not from South Africa, “loadshedding” is what you call “power cuts”, when the powers that be turn off sections of the grid because demand outstrips supply. There’s been no loadshedding for a few weeks because, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, energy consumption has gone through the floor. But Media Hack remind us that this will not always be the case: they’ve got hold of data from the makers of popular loadshedding app Eskom Se Push and turned into a historical dashboard of doom (and gloom).

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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