Well we are back after a few days off owing to a rather unfortunate and unavoidable power outage in a section of the Cape St Francis Resort last Saturday when a transformer literally exploded. Catching up on some work on Saturday morning the bang from an explosion sounded and sudden loss of power gave an ominous warning that this was not Eskom load shedding but something a little more serious.
Electricians from Uitenhage were on site within a couple of hours but alas after inspection they pronounced the bad news. The transformer could not be repaired and there would be no power for the day at least. Later we were given the news that a new transformer was being sourced from Cape Town and power could only be restored at the earliest by Wednesday.
The resort has a residents WhatsApp group that keeps us up to date on happenings within the boundaries of the resort which has been extremely helpful during the lockdown and was now keeping us well informed of ways to lessen the inconvenience of living without power. The outage only affected about 12 residents and we all were offered rooms that still had power so they could shower and cook and fridge / freezer space. Thanks Anita and team you’ you immediately set everything in motion to make things easier for all concerned.
Having Joe Fish / Full Stop make take-away deliveries right to your doorstep also helped for although I personally cook mainly on gas, not having a fridge means there was no way of storing food. But as always the food was outstanding and beat the heck out of cooking.
The only hardship was not having a hot shower unless you were prepared to schlep up the road so after my morning swim in freezing water I chose to shower in cold water using my outdoor shower. All I can say, INVIGORATING, and you feel warm for the rest of the day. Think I am going to stick to the daily cold shower, what doesn’t kill usually cures.
True to expectation the new transformer arrived around 9:30 on Wedneday (yesterday) morning with a team of installers and a crane with power fully restored at almost exactly 1:00pm, just 72 hours on.
Well done to all concerned at Cape St Francis Resort for getting anything done in these difficult times is in itself a miracle. Let us hope both local and international visitors will soon be able to return to experience your superb facility and hospitality.