I have just survived without electricity for six days. I've been off the grid in my own home, but it has been an oddly exhilarating experience, says Susan Erasmus.
In an effort to become reconnected, I became acquainted with Latiefah, Ebrahim, Jody, Dielshaad and Donna who answered the council telephones – eventually. We were on the point of exchanging family snippets, when oh joy, oh rapture, it was Day 2 and I was on the reconnection list. I felt as if I had won a Golden Ticket in the Idols competition. But come Friday night all was still in darkness.