Find your load-shedding update, tips and schedule information on Cape Town ETC

Get those candles ready, as Cape Town is in for yet another night of darkness. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 9am today until 5am on Monday February 17.

The announcement was made by the City of Cape Town on Twitter, warning all citizens to prepare for the outage. According to the City of Cape Town’s website, the different load shedding stages vary from stage one, to stage eight, with outages generally lasting about 2.5 hours. However, tonight’s scheduled load shedding will last for a total of eight hours,  starting at 9am Sunday and ending at 5am Monday morning.

Residents whose power fails to return after the scheduled outage, can SMS the City’s technical operations centre on 31220. This might be because restoration of power can sometimes lead to what’s known as ‘nuisance tripping’. Other tips for load shedding includes unplugging all electronics and appliances when the power is due to go off as it may come back with a spike in the voltage, keeping cash close at hand as ATM machines can’t operate without electricity, and having backup batteries for electrically operated gates, garage doors and certain security systems.

Use this map to find out if your area will be affected by the imminent load shedding.

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