SA firms join Eskom's R49m power drive

2012-12-03 20:48

Johannesburg - Seventy companies have pledged to reduce their energy consumption, Eskom chief executive Brian Dames said in Johannesburg on Monday.

He said it was important that companies reduced their electricity consumption because its production relied heavily on coal. "If we can save energy, it has a direct impact on saving coal emissions," Dames said.

Construction materials company AfriSam's chief executive, Stephan Olivier, signed Eskom's R49m pledge on Monday, and reaffirmed his company's commitment to reduce energy consumption.

The R49m campaign, launched in March last year, aims to involve all South Africans in helping to save energy.

Other organisations that have signed the pledge include MTN [JSE:MTN], Standard Bank [JSE:SBK], AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG], MassMart [JSE:MSM] and the National Union of Mineworkers.

Olivier said, "Signing this important pledge is an endorsement of our efforts and commitment... to improve the electrical energy efficiency of our various operations and thus reduce consumption."

According to Eskom's website: "By simply making small changes in our everyday life, collectively we can make a massive difference."

The R49m campaign also called on individuals to reduce their electricity consumption by 10%.

According to AfriSam, the company has reduced its electricity consumption, between 2000 and last year, by 18%, and its products have had a significantly lower carbon footprint than the average product on the market.

Two weeks ago, in the latest National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report, Eskom was accused of transgressing more environmental laws than any other state corporation.

The power supplier responded that it had a range of programmes in place across the organisation to ensure it complied with environmental legislation.

  • PumaFred - 2012-12-04 06:20

    This is PR BS. Eskom is killing our economy. We shut down smelters so the chrome ore is exported to china. Then we have to import the chrome. Freaking stupid

  • odupreez - 2012-12-04 07:47

    Hogwash, the problem lies with the 1 -municipalities that add on 100% to 150% on the price of electricity, adding no value and also not paying their Escom bills, 2- The guys that tap into the grid system using free electricity, 3-the people that do not pay their municipal bills, 4- Large overseas enterprises that get supplied electricty at at least 1/2 of Escom cost price, 5- The electricity supply to our neighbouring countries who most probably do not pay for the service.

      johan.theron.16 - 2012-12-04 08:59

      Agreed, but how to get this into the media? Carte Blanche? It's the same old story - get the responsible tax paying citizens and enterprises to foot the bill which is a result of constant mismanagement at the top!

  • vishalmoorath - 2012-12-04 11:36

    how much electircity is supplied to all the mines, and the neighbouring countries.

  • nethanls - 2012-12-04 14:09


  • corneliusp1 - 2012-12-05 01:33

    Hmm there is a snake in the grass....We should boycot those companies that stands along eskom, if Eskom does not reach its profit target, the poor will suffer because we will pay extra for the short coming, That is why we had paid for the short coming of profit because Eskom said ...please save atleast 10%....a good excuse...Now bigger companies wants to be involve to have a share too.

      zathris.voulge - 2013-01-17 18:00

      That sounds a bit like cutting your nose to spite your face. Eskom does not make a "profit". It is owned by government and is meant to follow a sustainable business model. Therefore any operating profit it makes is spent on reinvestment to build more capacity and upgrade distribution, which, believe it or not, benefits the poor who get free electricity. Saving electricity is not just about helping Eskom out. It is better for our economy, and again, ESPECIALLY the poor. And no, I don't work, nor have I ever worked, for Eskom. This is just simple logic that most people don't want to hear because in their paranoia they have convinced themselves that Eskom's core business is to screw everyone over...

  • zathris.voulge - 2013-01-17 18:01

    FYI, it's the 49M initiative. Not the R49M initiative. It was supposed to signify 49 Million South Africans working together. In monetary terms I think they're trying to save about R10B...

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