All you need to know about Load-Shedding

Eskom has surprised us and implemented load-shedding nationwide; and The City of Cape Town will be affected. They unexpectedly lost 6 generator units, and are not sure when these will be back online.

Send your mobile number to Kristi on +27 76 169 6183, and we’ll keep you up to date, and please contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

When will you experience Load-Shedding?
Load-shedding status is made up of 4 stages, which can change frequently depending on system load. Visit this link to see the current stage: Cape Town Load Shedding

The Cape Town area is split into zones. (Noordhoek, Kommetjie and the rest of The South Peninsula fall into Zone 8).

Each zone has scheduled load-shedding, according to the date and stage we’re in. Check the relevant stage schedule, look at the date column, and search for your zone number. The time of the outage is in the left column.

Check here to see what zone you’re in and for your schedule: Zone Map and Schedule.

Be Prepared:
Load-shedding is hard to predict, stage announcements are typically made on very short notice, so it is important to be prepared. Load-shedding power outages generally last for about 2,5 hours, and depending on whether we’re in stage 1, 2, 3 or 4 you may be affected from once to 3 times a day.

Communication: Ensure that your cell phone, laptop, tablet and radio are always fully charged when power is available. This will allow you to be able to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding.
Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as most petrol stations are unable to pump fuel during power outages.
Cash: Keep some cash on you as ATMs cannot operate without electricity.
Security and safety: Your alarm, garage and gates should have backup batteries, and should work during load-shedding.
Lighting: Check temporary lighting such as battery-powered torches, gas lamps and candles in places where they will be easy to find in the dark.
Eating: If you do not have a gas stove, prepare meals before the power is scheduled to be switched off. Boil water in your kettle and keep it in thermos flasks for hot drinks.

Notifications: Please ensure we have your mobile phone number so that we can send you notifications. Send your details to +27 76 169 6183.

Resources:
City of Cape Town website for updates
Load-shedding map and schedule