Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dakar, Darker, Darkest!

A few months ago, I posted an article on my blog about the city of Dakar getting "darker". I mentioned that it was not the darkest city in Africa but it was getting darker.

Well, a few months down the line, it seems to be winning the title of becoming the darkest city. Thanks to the massive construction works that's taking place and the lack of growth in the energy sector, Dakar is well on its way to becoming the champion of darkness.

In the past, electrical power generators were luxurious optional extras for those who can afford it and do not want to be inconvenienced by the rather infrequent power cuts. Oh, how times have changed! Now, the sounds of generators humming away - day and night - are the new sounds of Dakar. The power cuts are so frequent and lasts for so long that you may now need another backup generator for what was supposed to be the backup generator.

For the past two days - 48 hours - we had about 5 power cuts each lasting for hours, with a total available power of 8 hours within this period. That's about 40 out of 48 hours of darkness!

Indeed, we're aiming for Gold!

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