Power cut in crisis in SA

Rotational power cut continues in SA. Image: Pixabay

Stage 4 load shedding: Here’s the updated schedule for Tshwane

Eskom is currently implementing Stage 4 load shedding. If you live in the City of Tshwane find your schedule below…

Power cut in crisis in SA

Rotational power cut continues in SA. Image: Pixabay

Eskom has downgraded load shedding to Stage 4 as of 05:00 on Tuesday, 20 December.

The power utility said Stage 4 will be implemented for the remainder of the week.


The City of Tshwane has updated its load shedding schedule for Tuesday, 20 December.


00h00-02h30 Group 9,13,1,5,8

02h00-04h30 Group 10,14,2,6,9

04h00-05h30 Group 11,15,3,7,10


05h00-06h30 Group 11,15,3,7

06h00-08h30 Group 12,16,4,8

08h00-10h30 Group 13,1,5,9

10h00-12h30 Group 14,2,6,10

12h00-14h30 Group 15,3,7,11

14h00-16h30 Group 16,4,8,12

16H00-18H30 Group 1,5,9,13

18h00-20h30 Group 2,6,10,14

20h00-22h30 Group 3,7,11,15

22h00-00h30 Group 4,8,12,16

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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.