A Tourist Guide to Load Shedding in South Africa

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While planning a South African vacation, you may have encountered the term ‘load shedding’ and wondered what it was. Will it disrupt your holiday plans? That depends. Load shedding occurs in South Africa when the demand for electricity exceeds the supply. By applying systematic power cuts on a rota basis in different neighborhoods, the threat of a complete breakdown is averted. The duration of these scheduled power cuts is usually about two and a half hours, after which the power should come back on. While this could affect your holiday experience in various ways, there are strategies you could adopt to minimize the impact.

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