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.
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.