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Five provinces will be experiencing loadshedding today. Here's where and how to prepare.

Unfortunately Loadshedding is a normal part of life in South Africa and today five provinces will be experiencing it. Eskom published a number of press releases to their Facebook page detailing which areas in these provinces will experience loadshedding and the duration of the loadshedding. If you want to know if your area will be affected you can study those press releases below and if you are in an affected area, scroll to the bottom for some tips to prepare.

North West :

Kwazulu Natal :

Free State :

Mpumalanga :

Limpopo (Capricorn and Mopani Districts) :

Limpopo (Sekhukhune, Vhembe and Waterberg Districts) :

I urge you to first and foremost acquire a small torch or battery operated light that you can keep on your bedside table. This will allow you to find things in the dark if you ever wake up during a loadshedding period and can't see anything. For the same reason you should also keep all the supplies you use for Loadshedding in a single drawer, such as a bed side or kitchen drawer.

If you ever find that you are working when a loadshedding period is planned to start, make sure that you regularly back up all your data. As if a power cut turns off your computer you may lose your work. Also make sure that if you have a laptop, make sure you charge it's battery before the electricity is expected to go off so that you can continue your work even when loadshedding occurs.

Finally remember to cook and eat before the power goes off as it may be difficult to do this in the dark. However if you do find that you are hungry during a loadshedding period. You can always cook food on a braai stand or order food from fast food outlets.

While loadshedding is a inconvenience to many South Africans, you can learn to comfortably live with it if you have the right tools and do research on the proper methods.

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