Last week, on 5 December 2019, Eskom implemented loadshedding again (before that it was last experienced on 7 November), throwing South Africa into darkness for hours on end and spoiling planned gaming sessions everywhere. This has continued throughout the weekend and to keep our readers’ gaming and tech safe, we will provide you with updates until loadshedding goes away again.
Eskom announced that Stage 2 loadshedding will continue today (9 December 2019) for the entire day until 23:00 SAST. Although not confirmed right now, we can probably expect some more this week, as the power utility says that the risk remains high through the week.
Eskom, as has become tradition, blames everything from unplanned breakdowns to shortages in water and diesel supply, and even apparently wet coal (build some cover?!). Worst of all, the power utility says that there is “a high probability of loadshedding until the end of the week” in South Africa.
Date: 08 December 2019
Stage 2 rotational loadshedding will continue overnight and all day on Monday until 23:00 and the risk of loadshedding remains high for the week.@News24 @IOL@TimesLIVE @ewnupdates @SABCNewsOnline @SAfmRadio @POWER987News @ukhozi_fm pic.twitter.com/2lircWf6vi
— Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) December 8, 2019
What we can do is to prepare ourselves for the worst and charge our mobile gaming devices. Check out our handy “Gamer’s guide to loadshedding” if you need some help with working around Stage 2. As always, remember to check your area’s schedule and turn off gaming equipment around 15 minutes before loadshedding starts. Unplug your devices just in case they have trouble turning the power back on, which Eskom explained last week can take up to 30 minutes longer than the scheduled time.
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How do you plan on coping with Stage 2 loadshedding today and possibly throughout the week from Eskom? Let us know in the comment section below.