Load shedding calendars

Cape Town load shedding calendars  💡

Why you may want to use these calendars

These electronic calendars show the loadshedding times for selected zones in Cape Town, on repeat every month. With the calendar feed integrated into your calendar app, you will then more easily be able to plan around loadshedding times, in advance (the slots would show up for many weeks into the future). It is not always likely that load shedding will happen, but life is far better if you schedule events in response to load shedding. For example, you can go on a jog during a power outage! 🏃

The Cape Town stage is normally one stage lower than Eskom's stage—please look at @CityofCT on Twitter, to get official information about this (or Facebook).

ℹ️ Higher stages include lower stage slots.

How electronic calendars work  💻

Details about how calendars get shared: https://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/149313/109353 

Basically, the iCal address can be tapped on by iPhone users, but Android users have to copy the address, then paste it into "Add calendar > From URL" (on Google Calendar, at least). So, if you are an Android user, please copy the iCal link.  Alternatively, on the web pages, you can click on the blue + button on the bottom-right.

iCal addresses


Web page

Print out a stage 1 calendar, for your fridge.

Stage 1: 24/7; Stage 2: between 00:00 and 04:00 excluded; Stage 3: between 22:00 and 06:00 excluded.


Web page

Get Telegram notifications, maximum once per day

Expansion pack. Excluded: Stage 4: 00:00 to 04:00; Stage 5: 00:00 to 06:00; Stage 6: 22:00 to 06:00. Included: Stage 2: 00:00 to 04:00 (making 24 hrs); Stage 3: 22:00 to 00:00 and 04:00 to 06:00.


Web page

Stage 1: 24/7;  Stages 2 & 3: between 02:00 and 04:00 excluded.


Web page

Times between 00:00 and 06:00 are excluded.


Web page

Stage 1: 24 hrs. Stage 2: 4am to 12am. Stage 3: 4am – 12pm and 4pm – 12am. Stage 4: 4am – 10am and 4pm – 12am.


Web page

Stage 2: 12am – 4am (making 24 hrs). Stage 3: 12pm – 4pm. Stage 4: 10am – 4pm. Stage 5: 4am – 12am. Stage 6: 4am – 10am and 4pm – 12am.


Web page

Times between 00:00 and 06:00 are excluded.


Area 15: print out a stage 1 calendar, for your fridge.

Web page

Times between 10pm and 6am are excluded (stage 3), and between 12am and 6am are excluded for stages 1 & 2.


Web page

Expansion pack. Times between 10pm and 8am are excluded (Stages 4–6). Included: Stages 3 & 4, 10pm to 12am, and Stage 1, 4am to 6am.


Web page

Official sources  📅

The monthly schedule for an area repeats every month. The pattern will never change.

The official (but complicated) load shedding schedules: https://www.capetown.gov.za/loadshedding/

Eskom's Western Cape loadshedding schedule Excel file: https://loadshedding.eskom.co.za/loaddocs/WesternCape_LS.xlsx

Feedback?  💬

Facebook; Twitter.

Further coverage  💰

Please consider donating to Nedbank current account 1044931167  with the area + your name as a reference. Or you could use https://paypal.me/aidanhorn . You can contact me at aidanhorn@gmail.com or Telegram.me/aidanhorn .

I can create additional calendars if I collect R1400 per calendar — this can be crowdsourced.