Apps and tools to help you keep track of your loadshedding schedule and stages

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While it has varied in frequency from year to year, load shedding has been a reality for South Africans for over a decade. As such, it has become easier to track and stay up-to-date with your loadshedding schedule using online tools and apps.

From smartphone apps to Twitter accounts to follow, here are a few tools to make finding your loadshedding schedule and status easier.

Loadshedding apps

Two of the most popular loadshedding apps in South Africa are Eskom Se Push and Load Shedding Notifier.

Both apps allow you to receive updates on when loadshedding is scheduled. They also let you add your specific zone and suburb.

Which app you prefer will depend on your needs and preferences. For example, Eskom Se Push has a sleeker UI and a simpler summary for your schedule.

Meanwhile, Load Shedding Notifier has configurable alerts and a larger overview of schedules.

Find your loadshedding schedule online

Many municipalities and Eskom itself have shared load shedding schedules online.

However, the downside of using these resources is that municipalities often delete schedules when updating them, without providing a redirect.

And when you do find a schedule, you will also need to know your zone or area number to make sense of the table.

We’ve rounded up online loadshedding schedules for different municipalities in our article on the topic.

Twitter accounts that share loadshedding updates

The quickest way to find out whether Eskom is implementing loadshedding is with their Twitter account.

Apps and news publications get their updates on planned load shedding from this account.

Follow or check the official Eskom Twitter account to keep up-to-date with the nationwide load shedding status.

Another consideration to make is that the load shedding stage may differ for municipality versus Eskom-supplied customers.

For example, the City of Cape Town often implements one stage lower for load shedding for city customers (such as prepaid electricity users).

If you use prepaid electricity or get your electricity from your municipality rather than Eskom, you should also check your city’s Twitter account when Eskom announces loadshedding.

This is the quickest way to see if your stage differs from the nationwide loadshedding schedule.

Here are some of the major municipalities’ Twitter accounts that you can use to check your loadshedding status.

Meanwhile, if you fall within a different region, it’s still worth checking your local municipality’s Twitter account to see if your load shedding is mitigated to a lower stage.

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