National power supplier, Eskom, is currently implementing Stage 3 and 2 load shedding alternatively.
Eskom said load shedding is being implemented due to a high number of breakdowns and the requirement to preserve the remaining emergency generation.
TSHWANE LOAD SHEDDING SCHEDULE
The City of Tshwane has since updated its load shedding schedule for Wednesday, 7 December.
00:00-02:30 Group 10,14,2
02:00-04:30 Group 11,15,3
04:00-05:30 Group 12,16,4
05:00-06:30 Group 12 & 16
06:00-08:30 Group 13 & 1
08:00-10:30 Group 14 & 2
10:00-12:30 Group 15 & 3
12:00-14:30 Group 16 & 4
14:00-16:30 Group 1 & 5
16:00-18:30 Group 2,6,10
18:00-20:30 Group 3,7,11
20:00-22:30 Group 4,8,12
22:00-00:30 Group 5,9,13
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Here are some tips to mitigate against risks caused by load shedding:
- Make use of surge protection: Electric surges are one of the biggest causes of damage to equipment during a power outage. Installing a surge protection device can help minimise some damage in unforeseen situations. Have a surge protection device fitted to your electrical distribution board or, alternatively, at the power outlet to the electronic device.
- Ensure that your alarm system is working and the backup battery is fully functional to provide power to the system in the event of load shedding.
- Spare torch or headlamp: Keep a torch in your car in case you arrive home at night during a power outage. Most smartphones have built-in torch or torch apps, which come in handy during unexpected power outages.
- Charge your cellphone, laptop, and tablet: Ensure your cellphone, laptop, and tablet devices are fully charged ahead of scheduled blackouts. Be sure to charge them again as soon as possible after the power returns. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency phone charger (like a power bank) close by. This comes in handy during extended power outages.
- Gas for cooking and lighting: Get a small LP gas bottle and lamp. It gives good quality lighting for a large area and can also be used for cooking and boiling water. It’s a good idea to keep hot water in a thermal flask so that you can make hot drinks.