Load-shedding: What you need to know

You may be aware that Cape Town is being affected by nationwide load-shedding, so power outages can be expected from time to time.

We aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible during load-shedding times, so you will find provisions like torches, candles and other supplies in your holiday home. Further information, specific to your holiday home, can be found in the house guidelines at the property.

Unfortunately load-shedding is out of our control but hopefully the information below will help you get through it with grace and style.

We highly recommend that you download this very useful (free) app: EskomSePush, for Apple and Android devices. This app gives you daily updates as to when you can expect power outages.

Please also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.

When will you experience load-shedding?

Load-shedding status is made up of 8 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.

How to get through load-shedding with grace and style:

Be Prepared: Load-shedding is hard to predict, as 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 what stage we’re in, 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 enable you to communicate with friends and family during load-shedding.

Transport: Make sure that your vehicle always has fuel in the tank as some 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: Place 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.

Going out: Malls and most restaurants have generators, so for them it’s business as usual. Best to give smaller restaurants a quick call to find out what measures are in place during load-shedding.

Notifications: Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on the load-shedding status.



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

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