Phase 3 Loadshedding Schedule:
Think about communication:
Ensure that your cell phone is always fully charged when power is available and have the SAPS and your security service's telephone number on speed dial.
Think about transport:
Ensure that your vehicle (car, “bakkie”, motorcycle, etc.) always has fuel in the tank because petrol stations cannot pump fuel during power outages.
Think about cash:
Ensure that you have enough cash because ATMs cannot operate without electricity.
Think about access, security and safety:
If you have an alarm system installed, make sure the back-up battery has sufficient charge (depending upon the sophistication of your system and the number of sensors, it may last from 6-12 hours provided the battery is new and fully charged - be sure to check with your security system provider)
Keep temporary lighting readily available, e.g. battery powered torches and candles. Make sure you put these items in places where they will be easy to find in the dark.
Keep a torch (with fresh batteries) by your bedside at all times as well as in your vehicle in case you arrive home when it is dark.
Think about your electronics:
It is vital to unplug computer power cables from the sockets, as well as telephone cables from the modem when there is an imminent power outage. This actually applies to all sensitive equipment, including TVs and any other equipment that may have been in use during the time of the outage due to the surges in power that may occur when electricity is restored. Make use of surge protection devices to minimize the risk of potential damage.