A WhatsApp message doing the rounds today that the entire South Africa will be without electricity tomorrow is fake news.

For starters, the entire electricity grid going down would be a national disaster and almost totally impossible. Secondly, if it did happen, it would take longer than a few hours to restore electricity. It would take several weeks.

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But let’s examine the actual message: The message does not mention load-shedding or a reason. This is a good indicator that it is fake news. It also does not mention the national power utility, Eskom.

To spot fake news is easy… Go to a reputable news source like ourselves or any major national media chain and see if they are running a story like this. If not, you can take it to the bank that it is fake news.

Most importantly, if it were true, the person sending the post would link a source article for you to read!

The only sensible thing this poster did was send the message to me to ask me if it was true.

Why send out a scam message today? Well, the sudden resignation of Eskom Board chairperson Ben Ngubane has put Eskom back under the spotlight and ripe for a fake news attack!

5 thoughts on “Fake News Alert: WhatsApp message saying “South Africa will be without electricity tomorrow””
  1. It’s true, white people are the minority but the wealth of our country is with them. Black people can’t truly stand together to support one another, we bewitch each other because of the jealousy. We don’t understand competition, we see competition as war rather than opportunity to learning.
    The other thing is the land, some whites own more than one or two farms worth of millions or hundred thousands of hacters. Mines on the land are owned by the white minority.

  2. You must find a way to announce which part or location will experience load shedding and all your arrangements.

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