Switch off and save electricity - Eskom

Switch off and save electricity - Eskom

2014-07-15 16:35

Bloemfontein - It is possible to avoid power cuts if everybody saves electricity, Eskom Free State general manager Lindi Mthombeni said on Tuesday.

"Do not think it's your neighbour's responsibility to save power," she told reporters in Bloemfontein on the state of the electricity system.

Mthombeni said saving energy had to become a way of life for South Africans, instead of people only responding once Eskom issued warnings.

Eskom Free State network manager Moeketsi Mathosa said the main time for power saving remained the 17:00 to 21:00 period.

"Residential customers can make the biggest difference here - switch off."

Mathosa said cold weather spells were the biggest problem for the national electricity grid. He said the national power network was a highly dynamic system.

At times it would allow Eskom to warn of possible power cuts, while at other times it left no space for a warning.

"At these times the focus would be to manage the system on an immediate basis," he said, which might lead to short power cuts.

Mathosa urged people to report illegal electricity connections.

"Illegal connections are unpredictable, and lead to overloading of the area's system which threatens stability."

Mathosa said if a community allowed illegal connections, Eskom could not guarantee quality and proper services.

  • rachel.s.peters.7 - 2014-07-15 16:38

    If Zuma can heat up the country a bit we would not have to switch on our heaters. What's with the turn it off rubbish. Get Madipi working and stop messing around using ineffective cadres.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-07-16 08:52

      So eskom got a profit of R7billion, without supplying sufficient power to the country? LOL what are they doing with all the profits? HUGE bonuses and salaries again? Or as usual?

  • John Greystoke - 2014-07-15 16:45

    'It is possible to avoid power cuts if' Eskom maintain the infrastructure properly and use some of the profit to build power stations.

  • Hugo Monterro - 2014-07-15 16:48

    illegal connections she says - most of the townships are connected illegally sunshine. And what the hell are you going to do about it anyway. The ANC scum don't have the political to do anything. Now if Whites were connectedillegally.................

  • Todays Realist - 2014-07-15 16:53

    Eskom complains it is not selling enough energy and needs to raise the prices. So why talk about saving energy?

  • Chad Lingard - 2014-07-15 16:55

    This is like being refused a hamburger at mcdonalds because in their opinion people are eating to much meat.Who do they think they are telling paying consumers to what degree and in what manner you consume.when will we privatise institutions like this?competition and true accountability will surely follow.

      Michael Ross - 2014-07-15 17:09

      Eat less McDonalds because supply is limited? Pfft. ORDER MORE SUPPLY. It's not rocket science, it's plain and simple. Easier than common sense. But if they don't even have any brain cells... well, shame. They need new management in Eskom that can do the job properly!

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-07-15 16:57

    Eskom, we can only do so much! Start educating business about power saving!!! Why are there street lights on during the day? Why are there outside lights on during the day in shopping centers? Stop preaching to us, send some of your workers out to educate everyone else, and into the townships to find illegal connections. You are being paid for this.

      Lilian Looney - 2014-07-15 17:03

      Sadly, some street light have to be left on to stop the copper thieves. I don't know why residents are always targeted by Eskom when they pay the MOST for electricity but use the least. Residents only make up about 23% of electrical use.

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-07-15 16:58

    Dear Ms. Lindi Since we were exposed to load shedding in 2008, my electricity bill increased by 228%, fuel by 95% and my salary by 40%. I still have load shedding, a few more potholes and less money! Please advise what I should do to rectify this situation? Many Thanks .

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-07-15 17:00

    U switch off n still ur bill comes back high,we jst dnt know what to believe anymore,lies,lies all the way

  • Deepchund Ramchurren - 2014-07-15 17:00

    we hear the same nonsense from the idiots iro illegal connections. The politicians encourage theft so that they are guaranteed votes. Visit every informal settlement and see how many are metered connections. Too many managers in Eskom and don't know what to do. The easiest is blow some hot air and people will feel the guys are working hard.

  • Chad Lingard - 2014-07-15 17:15

    I love their 17:00-21:00 energy issue.For the four hours we are actually conscious at home we need to re-enact stone age living.its like we are just trying annoy them by all being home,awake,feeding our families and bathing our kids.wtf.

  • Justice Mogajane - 2014-07-15 17:21

    Eskom make more money in winter as people need electricity to keep warm .

      Mike Heyns - 2014-07-15 17:34

      100%. But the it is all about "supply and demand"? Demand high + supply (low(?)) = 200% rate increase!!

  • Justice Mogajane - 2014-07-15 17:22

    Eskom make more money in winter as people need electricity to keep themselfs warm .

  • Gerald du Rand - 2014-07-15 17:54

    Remember the last time they asked us to save electricity. We did and they used that as an excuse to increase the price! So please, do NOT save electricity, as we do NOT want another increase.

  • Lynn Hugo - 2014-07-15 18:23

    Eskom would like all taxpayer to switch of and live in the dark but keep paying. That would be nice for bonuses.

  • JamesMWood - 2014-07-15 18:26

    Eskom, just do your fcking jobs and provide the electricity that you were mandated for - cut all illegal connections and fix your fvkups, I am tired of listening to fcknuts saying save save save and then you dickheads charge charge and charge more for a fcking pathetic service that you can't perform and include other charges that never existed pre 94.

  • Marlene Byleveld - 2014-07-15 18:31

    If street lights are switched off during the day ESKOM will save millions!

      Jaco Wium - 2014-07-15 18:47

      ... But sadly, more cables will then be stolen. This is SA's reality.

  • Tracey De Waal Lynch - 2014-07-15 19:06

    Please tell me how, as a working woman am I supposed to switch off? I do all my cooking etc during the period 17h00 to 21h00.

  • Peter Webb - 2014-07-15 19:22

    I have a swimming pool for my pleasure, my house is air conditioned for my pleasure. I like to have my bath at 7.00am for my pleasure So eskom because of your bad planning you are telling me too forego my pleasures. Go and get stuffed.

  • Paul Walden - 2014-07-15 19:26

    F... You eksdom

  • Steve Bobs - 2014-07-15 19:28

    There is not a lot more one can say about Eskom that hasn't been said hundreds of times already. It is just the most pathetic organisation in the Country, simple as that.

  • Andrew Moore - 2014-07-15 19:36

    i'll switch of when Eksdom's top brass return their large bonusses

  • Archie Dempster - 2014-07-15 19:40

    Because we are not using enough electricity they want to increase the rates

  • val.gilmour.92 - 2014-07-15 20:06

    So when are they going to switch off all the lights around the "government campus" in Cape Town that burn day and night????

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2014-07-15 20:17

    Yes it alright to switch off and save power but does one save money? NOOOOO!The fundamental reasoning is that the harder one saves the less money Eskom gets in revenue thus adding "fuel to the fire" by asking for ridiculous increases to cover for losses in revenue. This can be proven countless number of times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Susan Kemp - 2014-07-15 20:47

    Our city still has it's christmas lights shining away all year. Street lights get put off at 9 in the morning or not at all. I have done all I can, but the municipalities are not trying at all. Maybe Eskom should start with the municipalities and the big businesses?

  • Xenswim1 - 2014-07-15 20:47

    But Zuma, ANC and Eskom keep on with electrifying houses that they know will never pay or steal electricity. lats year they added 110, 000 non paying electricity users the asked us to pay more.

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2014-07-15 21:15

    The only company in the world advertising NOT to use their product....

  • Steven Swart - 2014-07-15 22:52

    Just cut off the illegal connections. There will be more than enough power to go around. Do you have the guts to do it Eskom?

  • Christa Flanagan - 2014-07-16 01:12

    Why must i sit in the dark? Why must i switch off? People in the townships etc jare living on illegal electricity! I refuse!

  • Dave Warmenhoven - 2014-07-16 06:30

    I agree with Steven and Christa!

  • Dawn Erasmus-Coetzee - 2014-07-16 07:23


  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2014-07-16 09:10

    how can i switch it off something that im buying ,are u man ESKOM!!!!!

  • Herman Nieuwoudt - 2014-07-16 09:53

    Is Eskom saving the 7 billion rand profit for new power stations or for next years bonuses? Don't ask me to save elecricity, sort out the illegal connections first and then look at some of the Government buildings which look like Christmas trees at night!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get your house in order first, Mr Eskom

  • Mariska Wolmarans - 2014-07-16 10:09

    Yeah so that they can have another +R7.1 bill rand profit!!!!

  • John Boltman - 2014-07-16 10:24

    Why must WE, the people paying for electricity have to suffer when Zimbabwe is taking a large chunk of our electricity, and they are getting it for free?

  • TimestoVanDyk - 2014-07-30 16:29

    How can people stop illegal connections when the very Eskom keeps dumping heavy electricity prices on those who do things right? Now prices are going up and those who pay genuinely suffer! They need to come up with a smarter solution.

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