If you’ve found yourself frantically Googling ‘load shedding schedule’ in the last few days, know that you’re not alone.
Since Eskom implemented Stage 4 load shedding on Monday 11 February, millions of South Africans are frantically trying to figure out when they will have power and when they won’t. We know how difficult it can be to find a load shedding schedule and then figure out exactly what times apply to your area (nevermind working out what area you fall into).
And then, just when you’ve got it figured out, the schedule changes or the load shedding stage changes, so you have to start all over again.
So what’s the best way to keep up with the load shedding schedule?
The absolute best way that we’ve found to keep up with the load shedding schedule, whether you’re in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town or somewhere in between, is with a very smart app (with a kind of naughty/relatable name) called EskomSePush.
How does the app work?
Luckily, it’s very easy to use. Once you’ve downloaded it, you need to add any areas you would like to be notified about. Press the big plus button to search for and add your area. Once you’ve found the right area, add it to your notification list.
You can add multiple areas, which lets you keep an eye on where you live and where you work at the touch of a button.
Once you’ve added areas, you will be notified when there is load shedding in those areas based on what load shedding stage is being implemented.
You can also check the load shedding schedule for relevant areas whenever you would like to, letting you plan ahead for times when your area will be without electricity.
The best thing about the app is that the schedule is updated when Eskom updates it. So there’s no need to make sure you have the latest version or keep track of loads of versions of a document that may be outdated anyway.
It’s not perfect though
The load shedding schedule app uses data from Eskom and electricity providers (like City Power in Johannesburg) to send the notifications and set up the schedules. If Eskom’s info is wrong, then the info on the app will be wrong. But we’ve been using it in Johannesburg for a few months and have found it to be very accurate.
The ‘forecast’ section of the app is meant to show what load shedding stage we’re likely to be on over the next few days. Take what it says with a pinch of salt though; it often changes or turns out to be incorrect, but the app is still definitely worth downloading!