Unfortunately, load shedding is a reality that South Africans are loathe to accept but powerless to stop. Or are we? The Dreckmeyrs, a Pretoria-based family, have been living completely off the #eskom grid for the past seven years and have never had a power cut.
Inus Dreckmeyr is an electrical engineer and CEO of WestconGroup’s electronic technological research and development company, Netshield South Africa. He and his wife Marien made the decision to investigate renewable energy resources seven years ago after they discovered that it would be a costly exercise to run a City Council feed into the property because they would have to pay for the installation up to a certain point.
Speaking to the media recently Dreckmeyr says: “I looked at this whole process, and my wife and I made a decision that we wanted to be off the grid and we wanted to see if it’s possible to live that way.”