Last updated on Jun 15th, 2020 at 01:01 pm

Load-shedding is back and businesses around the country are suffering, but Maps Maponyane and his brand new burger joint managed to keep the lights on during Mzansi’s darkest hour this week

Like a sequel that nobody asked for, load-shedding made a grand return this week as Eskom confirmed that Stage 2 schedules would be implemented around the country. This means that neighbourhoods and suburbs take it in turns to have two- to four-hour blackouts. The impact this has on businesses around the country is incalculable.

On Wednesday afternoon, the person who controls the switches at Eskom (i.e. Lasizwe’s parody character) decided to hit the switch on Linden, an area in Johannesburg which is home to thousands of residents and dozens of restaurateurs.

The blackout affected every business in the area including Mzansi’s coolest new burger spot, ‘Buns Out’, owned by Maps Maponyane.

The model and influencer has been enjoying a stellar opening month but he cut a frustrated figure as Eskom tried to get in the way of his bottom line.

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Thankfully, the downtime didn’t last long for Maps and his hungry customers

A quick update on Instagram calmed the waters (and indeed the grumbling tummies) when he confirmed that the restaurant was back in business despite the lack of electricity.



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Not even Eskom can stop these buns from coming out… We are open #TeamBuns pop in🍔🍟💯

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With load-shedding expected to last for the rest of this week, it looks like Maps and his loyal Buns Out team will be covered in case of any blackouts.

Have you had a chance to try a burger from Buns Out? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!