Loadshedding in South Africa
Cape Town General

Loadshedding: Cape Town’s Lights Go Out

March 30, 2019

Yet again, South Africa’s electricity supplier, Eskom, has pulled the plug on the nation. This leaves tens of thousands of families in the Western Cape in darkness. And with winter around the corner, what can be done?

Cape Town residents are furious at the fact that this issue has again reared its ugly head. Eskom is notorious for being unreliable and, more than just infuriating those living in Cape Town has financially impacted businesses too.

What is load shedding?

Load shedding is a colloquial term for power outages and is caused by electricity supply being cut. The term is used predominantly in South Africa.

a controlled option to respond to unplanned events to protect the electricity power system from a total blackout.

according to Eskom, the supplier of electricity in South Africa

The power outages are caused by the generators capacities not being able to meet the country’s electricity demands. The city asks residents to reduce power usage, and switch off unneccesary appliances.

The unreliability of power supply is creating serious stress among small business owners, as well as residents. Food waste increases because refrigeration is simply not available. This results in additional costs for consumers needing to throw away spoiled food.

Last weekend our electricity was off for more than 7 hours!

Angry Cape Town resident

How to keep up with loadshedding schedules and stages?

Load shedding announcements are usually made on short notice. The city does try hard to ensure it has the most up to date information on where and when a power outage will occur. The City of Cape Town’s website breaks down each area and its expected load shedding schedule. You can follow them on Twitter @CityofCTAlerts

Loadshedding opinions

Have you been affected by load shedding? And what are you doing to minimize the effects on your day to day tasks, like washing, cooking and cleaning?

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Jess
    April 17, 2019 at 1:22 am

    I’d recently heard about South Africa’s power outages. It sounds crazy! I hope that they can find a solution soon, before anything bad happens because of the lack of electricity.

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