What is load shedding?

Load shedding in South Africa is a deliberate and controlled way of reducing demand for electricity consumption by switching off power in certain areas for a certain period of time. This is done to prevent a complete collapse of the national grid due to insufficient electricity supply to meet demand.

During load shedding, different areas face power cuts at different times, usually in cycles, to ensure that the power grid remains stable. This strategy is used to prevent widespread and uncontrolled blackouts due to overwhelming electricity demand.

To cope with load shedding, it is essential to have alternative energy sources, such as emergency generators, solar panels or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The use of energy-efficient appliances and energy conservation during periods of regular electricity supply can also help to reduce pressure on the grid. It is important to keep abreast of load shedding schedules and updates from the relevant power companies to plan and prepare accordingly.

Fortunately, Casart Game Lodge has a backup battery and solar panels that keep necessary electricity facilities in the kitchen and lodge running such as: lights, refrigerators, WiFi, and shower. Our rooms all have a separate small battery which allows continued use of WIFI.  So you won’t notice much of Loadshedding. Our clients are informed by Whatsapp which time blocks are ‘hit’ by Loadshedding. You can also check the current status and availability of electricity for the Phalaborwa region in the app: EskomSePush. Download it here. Needless to say, the need is high, and the electricity company will do everything possible to fix this problem as soon as possible.

Despite the inconvenience, it also brings something beautiful: because imagine a beautiful evening, without electricity and TV, surrounded by candles and solar lamps in the middle of the beautiful African bush and the rustling of animals all around you, romantic, right? 

Experience a safari in style at Casart Game Lodge!