Daily Archives: March 6, 2016

Power Down Sundays

It’s become commonplace here in Mwanza. It’s Sunday so they switch off the electricity. Week by week it’s the same routine. From just after sunrise to just before sunset the electricity stops. 

TANESCO, the national supplier, gives no reason for this only a message telling us the cuts will occur. 

Whether it’s power shortages or a new power grid being created is unknown. It is probably the latter as on route to Tanga we did see people up in the pylons laying cable (not pictured!). 

Whatever the reason it can be a frustration. Last weekend they cut the power on Saturday too – which gave us a Powerless Weekend. So all day our fridges and freezers  slowly defrost, the water dribbles from showers and taps (no pumps), TVs and Radios remain silent. Unless of course you have a generator- we do but it is rarely switched on and if so we must unplug fridges, electrical ovens, kettles irons etc due to the high power consumption. Part of the frustration of being a European in Africa!