Erik Hersman
Erik Hersman

MyEnergy: A tool for powerless South Africa

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That’s a powerful image of Africa’s most advanced country…

Power outages in South Africa has had everyone up in arms for the past couple weeks. A simple search on M&G, The Times or Thought Leader will give you its history and interesting commentary on it. Load-shedding by Eskom, the local power supplier which also provides electricity for surrounding countries, has been the cause. If you run a web-based company, this has got to be one of the most annoying things with which to contend.

A tool for troubled times
MyEnergy Monitor for power outages in South AfricaIn the midst of it all, a local software-development shop has come up with a nifty little tool (Windows/PC only) that allows you to monitor South Africa’s power status. MyEnergy Monitor claims:

It will give the user the ability to monitor selected load-shedding schedules by location; for example, at home, at work, clients, suppliers and branches … simultaneously!

MyEnergy Monitor aims to eliminate the confusion surrounding the schedules currently available to the public and present only relevant information in a logical format.

That’s pretty handy, actually, especially when you’re trying to juggle business schedules that rely on power to operate — even if this means making sure you create a generator schedule, or time your internet time around the open windows of power availability. I love to see small utilitarian applications like these, made by people who are in the same situation as everyone else.

Being the web-focused guy that I am, I wonder what they could do with this data online. Would it be useful to have this data online in an equally usable format? How about a way to get an SMS reminder for your area one hour before the power is due to be shut off?

  • Daniel

    Powerful image….

    I contacted Eskom the other day to ascertain whether they could support solar grid tied technology. This is where a domestic solar producing residence supplies excess solar power to the national grid (in operation many regions including Europe, the US and Japan). Of course, the reply was they could not. They have invested too heavily in nuclear power options to consider alternatives.

    So while we wait in darkness for these huge power plants to become operational, let us reflect and think about whether Eskom has the competence to run such large scale hazardous operations. Or will these nuclear endeavours render SA crippled for good?

  • Andrew

    loadalert tells if and when i will be cut off and i find them accurate

  • Darryn

    Hi Erik

    Thanks for the writeup! we’re glad you’re finding MyEnergy useful. Keep an eye out for new features on the way.


  • Darryn

    With fuel prices changing every month, it can be easy to lose track of time and forget to fill up your tank before the price goes up. Users can now setup notifications in MyEnergy Monitor to receive regular reminders days before the new fuel prices come into effect.

    If the cost of fuel is an important factor in your business, or you just want to make sure you’re on top of the latest changes, download the latest version now! If you are an existing user, click the ‘Check for application updates’ link on the application, or restart the monitor. If you don’t have the application yet, download it from