CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

16 June 2014

South Africa: Eskom Appeals for Power Saving

Johannesburg — ESKOM, South Africa's power utility has reiterated calls to consumers to save electricity amid rising demand for power.

The demand coincides with the dropping temperatures.

“The system is tight for tonight over the evening peak, and is expected to be extremely tight over the evening peaks for the next few days due to higher demand with the colder weather conditions,” Eskom said in a statement.

“Eskom calls on all consumers to pull together to help beat the peak over the next few months by using electricity sparingly particularly from 5pm to 9pm. We request all electricity customers to save at least 10 percent of their electricity usage and sustain these savings.

"Residential and commercial customers can make the biggest difference by switching off geysers and pool pumps during peak hours (5pm - 9pm); switching off non-essential lights; using space-heating efficiently and responding to the Power Alerts messages.”

Eskom urged all South Africans to partner with us to save 10 percent of their electricity usage especially during peak periods.

“This will make it significantly easier to manage the power system during this challenging time, while also enabling us to do planned maintenance to ensure the reliability of our plant.”

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