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Are You Ready to Go with the Cape Town Winter Flow? Essential Tips for a Smooth Season + Loadshedding Updates from the City

As the chilly and wet winter season approaches, it’s time to prepare ourselves for the unique challenges and delights that it brings.

From the brisk air to the rain-soaked streets, Cape Town winter demands our attention and readiness. Here, we explore practical tips to help you navigate the winter months with ease. From maintaining your home and business’ functionality to prioritising safety on the roads, these essential suggestions will ensure you’re well-prepared to go with the flow this winter. Let’s dive in and discover how to make the most of the wet season while keeping everything running smoothly.

Cape Town winter readiness tips

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Load Curtailment

The ECID hereby provides the following information regarding the Load curtailment program, currently localised to the Bofors 2 node:

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We hereby include the below information as recieved:

Power-Star have been appointed as the Operator for the Bofors 2 nodes and will be driving this process with all participants going forward. 

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the CoCT application form (attached)
  2. Complete Power-Star Load Curtailment agreement (Attached)
  3. Install Power-Star meters (only applicable to those who do not have Power-Star meters currently installed)
  4. Set up of Node performance on Powerstar platform and group communication (This is for our responsibility)

For the installation of Power-Star meters:

Option 1:

  • We supply you with the meters and you have your own electrical contractor or personnel install the meters. For this, we would need to know how many meters will be required for supply.

Option 2:

  • We can supply and install the meters but would need to do site inspections.
  • We will set a day or two aside early next week for the site inspections.
  • The cost for the site inspection will be R1000 ex vat
  • After the site inspection quote for the meter supply and installation will be sent through.
  • Please confirm who would prefer this option so we can book it in.

To contact Power-Star

Chris Geary –  Operations Manager

c 083 444 3320

t  021 975 4529


Load Curtailment Service Agreement

Application Form – Curtailment Programme – v2022 1.2

Loadshedding Curtailment Infographics (06.06.2022) v5 (1)

Technical Guidelines – Load Curtailment Programmev1.2

Cooldrink Donation from Anchor Yeast


Langa Baptist Church                           Church of the Nazarene in Bonteheuwel

Anchor Yeast very kindly donated 486 x 60 x 5g sachets of Thirst Buster flavored drink sachets to the ECID to be handed over the Langa Baptist Church and Church of the Nazarene in Bonteheuwel. With the hot weather we are having this has been a very welcome donation. Collecting for the Langa Baptist Church, Andiswa & Selby, collecting for Church of the Nazarene in Bonteheuwel, Cheslyn & Reverend Quinton.

The ECID wish to convey our thanks to Anchor Yeast for their kind donation.

New Business Hub for Epping’s Informal Traders



During December 2021, Epping’s informal traders moved into their new state-of-the-art premises located inside the Epping Fresh Produce Market (Cape Town Market), this, after almost 30 years of trading on Gunners Circle.

The informal traders will be able to use this as a safe trading and storage facility as well as a place from which they can provide sufficient and nutritious range of fruit and vegetables at low prices in consumer-friendly packs to communities on a day-to-day basis.

The informal traders are mostly private individuals who buy in bulk from agents inside the market and break produce down into smaller-size packs for resale to housewives and township hawkers.

This is a venture between the City of Cape Town and the Epping Fresh Produce Market.

The City of Cape Town is currently clearing the area as can be seeing in the photos, the Epping Fresh Produce Market have employed a private security company to keep a watchful eye over the process of the clearing as well as to prevent new people from occupying the vacant land.

Attempted Theft out of a Motor Vehicle

On the 8th August 2020 the ECID’s Public Safety Officer Mr Mfundisi was instrumental in preventing a smash and grab on Jakes Gerwel Drive on Langa Bridge, Officer Mfundisi arrested the suspect until SAPS arrived.

The suspect appeared in court on the 9th December, Officer Mfundisi was there to testify as the states witness and the suspect was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. Well done to Public Safety Officer Mfundisi, you are an asset to the ECID.

MEDIA RELEASE: Stay energy-wise and improve resilience to load-shedding


12 DECEMBER 2019


Stay energy-wise and improve resilience to load-shedding

The City of Cape Town welcomes the undertaking by President Cyril Ramaphosa that no load-shedding will be experienced between 17 December 2019 and 13 January 2020. Thanks to the people of Cape Town for their patience and cooperation during this time. The City continues to promote energy saving and preparedness tips to enhance the resilience of its residents and businesses. Read more below:

Transversely, the City continues to put operational measures in place to reduce the impact on City operations and to ensure that the City becomes more resilient against future energy supply disruptions caused by load-shedding.

‘Cape Town’s share of the national usage is about 5% of the total national usage. Our electricity savings efforts and our attempts to curb electricity losses as a result of theft and vandalism have been outstanding, however load-shedding is outside of the City’s control. We all need to look at how we can enhance our resilience in Cape Town. We continue to petition the powers that be to allow the City to buy energy from independent power producers as a means to introduce cleaner energy into the system and of enhancing security of supply over the medium term. Meanwhile, our roll out of contingency measures carries on across City operations.

‘We thank the residents of Cape Town for their support and patience during the rough time that we have had as a result of load-shedding. We look forward to decisive action at a national level, one that will lead to cleaner energy and more stable security of supply,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.

Eskom’s load-shedding Stage 2 continues today. The City will carry on informing residents as soon as it receives any updates from Eskom, which usually is at short notice.

Improve your resilience to load-shedding
• Print out the load-shedding schedule which is available on the City’s website at Eskom-supplied customers are encouraged to check Eskom’s website for the schedule
• If load-shedding affects traffic lights, the intersection should be regarded as a four-way stop. The first motorist to stop has right of way if it is safe to proceed
• Switch off appliances ahead of load-shedding to reduce the risk of damage from power surges
• Switch off those appliances that you don’t need
• Switch off your geyser and only switch it on for up to two hours per day. This will save a lot of electricity and it will save you money
• Delay switching on lights and appliances until after the peak periods (between 17:00 and 21:00) whenever possible
• Switch off your pool pump, geyser and other large electrical equipment, and never run both at the same time
• Adjust air conditioners to 23 degrees Celsius if you need to use them
• Visit for more tips to save electricity
• If your electricity remains off for longer than the period specified in the schedule, SMS the City’s technical operations center on 31220, submit a service request online or call 0860 103 089.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries: Councillor Phindile Maxiti, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change