A word that strikes fear in the hearts of South Africans. A word directly related to Eskom in our brains, and fodder for many excellent jokes.

But what about this? 5 minutes of planned blackout, tomorrow - 1 February (hey, where did January go??) - at 6:55pm (in this time zone). You're done with work by then. Switch off the computer and lights on your way out. Give up Isidingo or 7de Laan for one day. Hold off on cooking supper. Just switch it all off for 5 minutes.

Eskom's been moaning again about our power useage, saying more blackouts before the weekend. How about we give them one from our end? Show them that we can really do without their power for at least 5 minutes?

Consider yourself challenged.