yea, let's go with that answerLol. Maybe it was a bad April fools joke?
it's a very confusing situation at the moment. we're busy working on the backend to support the new preemptive schedules which we were under the impression would be the norm country wide. but this isn't the case as some of the municipalities who supply their own schedules are still using the old format (like on monday, tuesday, wednesday at XYZ time the power will go off). now this doesn't tie in with eskoms new format of 'on 1 april at 14:00 the power will be cut, no matter what the status is). not to mention the fact that they still have a status in place which means those old schedules are still in place. this means we now need to support both methods of alerting users. we're almost done, and should be able to put a new release out soon.
as for the weird status changes. we get the current status from www.poweralert.co.za - and at about 14:50 yesterday they stopped updating their status as they found discrepancies between what eskom was reporting and what their sources told them (eskom said it was green status, but it was loadshedding - and by definition of the colours - brown means loadshedding was in progress - so all very confusing). in any case i manually updated the status to ORANGE this morning to match up with Eskom's status. i accidentally added it with the correct AM/PM - hence the weirdness in the client. if you restart the app (or the status changes again), it will correct itself. my bad
hopefully by next week all will be in place and we will have all the information to get things running smoothly again. we provide a free service, and not being affiliated with Eskom (we can't even get them to reply to our queries), means we learn about format/process changes along with the rest of the public.
but thanks again for supporting us. i'll post here again soon when we get the new version out that supports preemptive schedules.