Important tips:

– 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 others 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: Backup batteries for electrically-operated gates, garage doors and security systems should be kept in a good working condition and be able to last through periods of load shedding. Store 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. You can also use an insulating cover on teapots, pots and pans to keep drinks and meals warm
– Most medication requiring refrigeration can be kept in a closed fridge for several hours without spoiling but you should check with your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit the City’s electricity saving page for useful information on how to reduce electricity usage and the threat of load-shedding.

You can visit, go on the City of Cape Town’s Facebook page, or follow it on Twitter to find out which stage of load shedding Cape Town is in.

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