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When Will I be Load Shed with EskomSePush Software & Sites 13 FEB 2019

The slickest, easiest way to currently get the answer to when will you be load shed on a particular day is by downloading the quite frankly well written local load shedding schedule app, EskomSePush. (We will all agree to look past the juvenile joke name, okay?)

Written by Dan Wells and Herman Maritz a handful of years ago, EskomSePush is an extremely user friendly tool that does little more than ask you to download and install the app on your phone, click on the plus button to bring up the location search, and then select the location that you are interested in. The resulting screen then gives you a nice concise view of what your load shedding schedule looks like (across any of Eskom’s seemingly limitless stages) for any particular upcoming day.


The app is easy to read, sends warning push notifications when needed, and is simple enough that most people should get the hang of it. For my part, it works like a charm and its load shedding reporting has yet to fail me, meaning that our rolling blackouts by another name still hasn’t caught me with my pants around my ankles and no torch in sight.

Given the big amount of electricity generation worries on the Eskom horizon, it is probably a good idea to hang on to the app for some time to come.

Related Link: EskomSePush | Google Play

How to Beat Load Shedding when You’re Little My Life 12 AUG 2015

It turns out that beating (or at least dealing with) load shedding is pretty easy when you are little.

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Simply get your dad to find and take you to the nearest jungle gym!

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See? :)

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Android App: Know Your Load Shedding Status with GridWatch Software & Sites 18 APR 2015

If you live in South Africa then the reality is that load shedding is here to stay for quite a bit longer – particularly as the energy demand starts spiking when the really cold winter weather starts kicking in! So with Eskom unable to meet our electricity demands and saddled with the responsibility of keeping the national grid up and running, we may as well get comfortable and start knowing our load shedding schedules and status.

In other words, a great time for the excellent GridWatch load shedding Android app from the development team over at News24 to makes its appearance!

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This invaluable tool is a proper lifesaver when it comes to planning around and dealing with load shedding. Essentially it constantly updates itself with all the latest load shedding schedule databases from around the country, reacts in real time to sudden load shedding status changes, and pretty much lets you know whenever a break in your power supply is going to be happening.

By allowing you to save areas of interest like ‘Home’, ‘Work’ or say even ‘Gym’, you know exactly when and where you can expect power breaks to be, and with handy push notifications sent whenever necessary, you are pretty much guaranteed not to get a nasty surprise when the lights go out just as you pulled closed the office toilet door in anticipation for some much needed alone time.

It’s a clever, visually intuitive app that gives you all the information you need, and if you are a South African living in South Africa – well then you would be silly not to currently have it installed on your phone!

(I’ve had mine installed pretty much straight after it was released at the end of March! Haven’t looked back since…)

Related Link: GridWatch on Google Play Store

Eskom Load Shedding Schedule General Nonsense 05 DEC 2014

Needless to say, we’re in that horrible situation of dreaded load shedding once again, which means it is pretty handy to be able to quickly locate the Eskom load shedding schedule once those Princes of Darkness announce that the lights are indeed going to go out.

Essentially there are two cases here – either you get your electricity directly from Eskom, or you receive via your municipality.

First things first, access Eskom’s dedicated load shedding site at http://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/. If you are a direct Eskom customer, you can search for your suburb/area and get the results directly from the source. If your search turns up no results, it is then suggested that you are perhaps a municipal customer and get a link to http://www.eskom.co.za/Pages/loadsheddingmunic.aspx.

Here on the Municipal Customer Load Shedding Schedule page you should find your Municipality listed (Gordon’s Bay falls under the City of Cape Town municipality just by the way).

To be honest, I’m only really interested in the City of Cape Town load shedding schedule, and that site then gives you a handy area color-coded map and corresponding table, all of which then tells you exactly when the power is going to be off.

Useful in other words, unless of course your power is already off. In that case schedule look-ups be damned!

[UPDATE] Eye Witness News (EWN) also has a pretty nifty load shedding tool available on their site.

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