SA urged to save electricity

2012-11-01 18:23

Johannesburg - Eskom urged South Africans on Thursday to save electricity to reduce demand on the grid.

"We urge all South Africans to partner with us to save 10% of their electricity usage, especially during peak periods, from 17:00 to 21:00," Eskom said in a system status bulletin.

"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."

As of November 1, the capacity available to meet the day's evening peak demand was 33 088 MW (including open cycle gas turbines) while demand was forecast at 31 648 MW.

Planned maintenance stood at 3 956 MW and unplanned outages were at 5 026 MW.

Peak demand for the rest of this week was forecast at 30 215 MW on Friday; 28 838 MW on Saturday and 29 074 MW on Sunday.

Eskom said it continued to make progress with its programme of planned maintenance "but the system remains tight".

  • giancarlo.groenewald - 2012-11-01 19:14

    Eskom cut my power and I will take a virus to your base of operations. Your a bunch of theives that can't think ad just want the peoples money so that your CEo's can have millions of rands worth of increases. You should listen to the youth that is studying and that have the education to tell you ALLOW PEOPLE TO PROVIDE ENERGY TOWARDS THE GRID!

      dragonfire47 - 2012-11-01 19:27

      Would love to see those servers crash as well as those other thieves called dstv

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-11-01 20:00

      Must be the only supplier that encourages its customers to use less of their product

      debduplessis - 2012-11-01 21:53

      RSA should adopt the Australian system where you install solar panels & the power your property generates is sold back to the electricity supplier - you still pay for what you use but the costs are off set against each other making it cheaper for all! ... God knows RSA new age gov has copied everything else from Australia so why not this one!!!! - oh yes we the public would be saving money!

      Oraniaboer - 2012-11-02 01:20

      NO the government should urge ESKOM to deliver to clients needs. Why should it be the consumer that needs to do everything because of the default of the dum ANC/ESKOM.? If I have business that supplys a certain service is it not up to me to make shure that I can supply to my clients needs. Its called BUSINESS.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-11-01 19:14

    We will 'save' electricity once you, eishkom, stop stealing our money.

  • darren.raath.5 - 2012-11-01 19:16

    ja come people! save 10% electricity by cutting back and we will only put the price up 17% this year ,and next year ,and next year and next .and next year,over and above the 35% its done up per year for the previous 3 years!

  • kobus.laubscher.3 - 2012-11-01 19:21

    12% capacity loss due to unplanned maintenance. That is not good management.

  • logical.thinker.90 - 2012-11-01 19:23

    Why not rather improve the grid to supply the demand? Oh yes, money's been stolen my a troop of Bob'jans.

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-11-01 19:29

    Yes folks! Save electricity & pay more. Another idot's version of maths brought to you Eskom oops it should be Eksdom. It's so obvious that Eskom should be privatised but government persists on acting like delinquent ostriches burrying their heads in the sand.

  • garth.labuschagne - 2012-11-01 19:38

    Throw another multi million rand party...

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-11-01 19:49

    go screw yourself eskom! id rather sit in the dark

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-11-01 19:52

    I'm sick of hearing about Eskoms woes,time for the govt to open the market to other players(without tenderpreneurs) ,even if it is the Chinese-at least the lights stay on.

  • Julia Griffiths - 2012-11-01 19:57

    Its amazing how Escom puts out these statements only when they put in to Nersa for an increase, making people think they have a point to show why they must have an increase in tariffs. Escom must certainly realise these continuous increases are becoming un-sustainable in the long run.

  • bongani.skhosana.773 - 2012-11-01 19:57

    Why we have save for what or nkandla need more than the country

  • jacqui.grigg - 2012-11-01 20:23

    How the hell am I supposed to save another 10%? I am already on energy saving lights. Lights on only in the room I'm in. All chargers unplugged. Standby appliances on timers to switch off during the night and when I am not home during the day. I refuse to tamper with my geyser because a little known fact is that insurance companies repudiate geyser claims if you switch it on and off all the time. So. Short of eating raw food, where the hell else would you like me to save Eskom??!?!?!?!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-11-02 09:20

      Switching the geyser off for a couple of hours a day will not cause any damage and no insurance company can repudiate a claim based on that. My geyser has been switched off during peak times for many years and it has already lasted more than sixteen years. A geyser blanket and insulation on the hot water pipes also saves quite a bit. And depending on how much hot water you use it may also be possible to set the geyser temperature lower.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-01 20:32

    Eskom and the government should have thought of that 18 years ago before giving nearly everybody cheap electricity?

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-11-01 21:47

    Eskom is the company with the biggest audacity I've ever heard of! They rip you off and still expect you to save. Don't they realize that their paying customers would do their best to save due to these exorbitant rates in any way. They should get rid rid of the non paying customers as these people don't care less about their usage.

  • Louisa Paoloni Fouche - 2012-11-02 06:38

    we save as much as possible on electricity but then have to pay a 'basic ' that is more then what we use!

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-11-02 07:03

    Why must the home users, who take 17% of Eskom's total power output, always be made to save power AS WELL AS foot the bill for their incompetence, inefficiency and generally crap service??? Why don't they ask the likes of BHP Billiton in Richard's Bay, who single-handedly consume 25% of SA's total output, to pay more or reduce their usage? Saving is good but not when it is cynically forced on you by these turkeys...

  • ghalied.dollie - 2012-11-02 10:37

    Generate your own power, wind & sun are free, no input fuel costs. I have started, windturbine & solar panels. generating my own electricity.

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