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Cape Town and Jo’Burg will be hardest hit by the April electricity price hike. Image: Canva

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City of Cape Town load shedding schedule

The City of Cape Town has adjusted it’s load shedding schedule in accordance with the latest announcement from Eskom.

05-03-24 07:36
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Cape Town and Jo’Burg will be hardest hit by the April electricity price hike. Image: Canva

In response to Eskom’s latest announcement, the City of Cape Town has adjusted its load-shedding schedule.

Eskom pleaded with the public to reduce demand by switching off non-essential appliances, especially geysers and pool pumps, particularly between the hours of 17:00 and 21:00.

WHAT IS ESKOM?

Eskom is a South African electricity public utility. It was established in 1923 as the Electricity Supply Commission.

The utility is the largest producer of electricity in Africa and was among the top utilities in the world in terms of generation capacity and sales.

It is the largest of South Africa’s state-owned enterprises.

WHICH POWER STATIONS DOES ESKOM OPERATE?

The power utility manages several noteworthy power stations, such as Matimba Power Stations and Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga, and Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in the Western Cape, the only nuclear power plant in Africa.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town adjusted its schedule following the Eskom announcement.

CITY OF CAPE TOWN SCHEDULE

Tuesday, 5 March
Stage 0: 05:00 – 22:00
Stage 2: 22:00 – 23:59

Wednesday, 6 March
Stage 2: 00:00 – 05:00
Stage 0: 05:00 – 22:00

FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE MAJOR METROS, LOAD-SHEDDING SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:

 SIX TIPS TO MITIGATE AGAINST RISKS CAUSED BY LOAD SHEDDING:

  • Ensure that your alarm system is working and the backup battery is fully functional to provide power to the system in the event of load shedding.
  • Spare torch or headlamp: Keep a torch in your car if you arrive home at night during a power outage. Most smartphones have built-in torch or torch apps, which come in handy during unexpected power outages.
  • Charge your cell phone, laptop, and tablet: Charge your cellphone, laptop, and tablet devices fully before scheduled blackouts, and recharge them promptly once the power returns. Additionally, keep an emergency phone charger, such as a power bank, nearby for use during extended power outages.
  • Gas for cooking and lighting: For cooking and lighting, acquire a small LP gas bottle and lamp, providing high-quality illumination for a large area while also serving for cooking and boiling water.