Cape Town Load-shedding alerts via MXit if…

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…only MXit allowed more jabber services entry to their platform. We’d even be able to twitter from MXit

Tired of having the power go out without warning? Now you can get warnings about predictable load-shedding sent to the Jabber account of your choice – including Google Talk accounts. Unfortunately, at the moment the warnings are for the City of Cape Town supply area only.

To set it up, ask your Jabber client to subscribe to loadshed@frith.co.za – in Pidgin thatโ€™s the โ€œAdd Buddyโ€ command, in GMail itโ€™s โ€œInvite to chatโ€. The loadshed bot will accept your subscription, and reciprocate with a subscription request to you. When you accept it, the bot will send you instructions about how to proceed.

You can search the list of suburbs by sending the message โ€œsearch [text]โ€, which will give you a list of suburbs in the City Councilโ€™s list with a name matching โ€œ[text]โ€. Then you can subscribe to warnings for a suburb with โ€œsubscribe [number]โ€, where [number] is the number that was listed next to the suburb in the search results. Thereโ€™s also a โ€œlistโ€ command which shows what susburbs youโ€™re subscribed to; and โ€œunsubscribe [number]โ€ which works in the same way as โ€œsubscribeโ€.

The bot will send you warnings 15, 10, 5, and 2 minutes before the load shedding period is scheduled to start. A planned future development is to make the warning times configurable.

Get your Cape Town Load-shedding alerts for free via Google Talk or any Jabber service now. [via Adrian’s Thoughts]

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