The one thing we South Africans have in common is our
ability to rise to the occasion when we are called upon.
We are currently faced with a problem of electricity shortages
throughout the country and it is terrible for all of us
when the power is switched off.
Our readers know what it is like not to have electricity,
so they can appreciate it a lot more when it is not there.
In this edition of our magazine we give you ideas and
tips on how to save electricity so that there can be enough
to go around for everyone. Isn't that what the spirit
of ubuntu is all about? Some of the tips and ideas are
just common sense. For instance we all know that if you
boil food, you do it on high heat, then, once it is boiling,
turn the heat down and let it simmer. It doesn't only
save energy but food that is slowly cooked actually tastes
Also, while baking something in the oven don't keep on
opening the oven because every time you do, heat escapes
and must be replaced. And instead of using the oven to
toast a slice of bread, it's much more energy efficient
to use a toaster. Again, common sense tells us that a
small appliance like a toaster uses a lot less power than
a stove. Even if you need to boil water - rather use an
electric kettle than a pot on the stove.
What we have done in this issue is give you lots of guidance
on the best ways to use electricity so that you can help
yourself, and the nation, to be energy efficient. Also,
as is the policy of Vuk'uzenzele, when you are finished
using the information in this magazine, pass it on to
a neighbour or friend. That applies to energy-saving ideas
- The Editor