South Africa is currently facing nationwide power shortages with scheduled power outages called load shedding. These outages can last for hours, affecting private accommodations, shops, banks, ATMs, public lighting, traffic lights, and security systems. Power cuts can also impact critical infrastructure like water provision and telecommunications, leading to unpredictable outages. The increased risk of criminal activity, such as robberies and traffic incidents, is a concern during power cuts. It is advisable to inquire with your accommodation provider about their strategies for minimizing the effects of load shedding, such as the use of generators or solar power. To stay informed, you can check planned municipal power outages through the Eskom website or via “load-shedding” apps.