For the third evening, our part of Accra and parts of the country have had power cuts. Not too bad tonight, but the last two evenings lights were blinking and power went on and off, not great for anything electrical. My voltage regulator had already been dusted off, after having laptop chargers fried: it keeps the voltage stable when the network fluctuates, only way to charge a laptop safely. The power company changed from ECG to PDS, and while officials say it is not officially dumsor here, the problems are expected to continue for five more days.
Dumsor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Ghana, a dumsor (Akan pronunciation: [dum sɔ] ‘off and on’) is a persistent, irregular, and unpredictable electric power outage. The frequent Ghanaian blackouts are caused by power supply shortage.
Walking home tonight, the roar of generators across our neighborhood reminded me of our first year in Accra when power outages were the norm. It’s gotten much better since that, so hopefully it’s better by next week. Not that we can complain, at least we have generators and money to run those.
Meanwhile back in Rome, there has been outcry after an overzealous contractor from the capital’s urban decor department painted over the classic “Vota Garibaldi” grafitti from 1948 in our neighborhood yesterday. The sign is now being restored.
- Roma, scritta “Vota Garibaldi” cancellata: via al restauro alla Garbatella
- Rome to restore Vota Garibaldi sign in Garbatella