Oh Eskom, you were doing so well. After 9 days of South Africa being free from the saddening darkness that is loadshedding, the official Eskom Twitter account ruined the beginning of many people’s weekend in 140 characters or less.

The length of the stage 1 loadshedding is all the way from 08:30 to 22:00, so if you’re particularly unluckily you may be in the dark for the entire day.

An earlier Tweet also announces that the chance of your power going out will get higher as the day goes on.

On an equally cynical note, we have a personal bugbear with Eskom that has nothing to do with their “job” of supplying electricity. If you’ve read any statements by the company, you may notice that they have no idea what the correct format of the word “loadshedding” is. They sometimes write it, as we do, as a single word, but other times it’s two seperate words, then it’s a hyphenated word, and on Twitter it is a hashtag with an underscore.

Perhaps a new company slogan should be:

“Eskom; our use of language ¬†is as as unpredictable as our services.”

Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.