Use electricity sparingly, urges Gigaba

2012-09-29 20:17

East London - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Saturday urged Mdantsane residents in the Eastern Cape to use electricity wisely.

"We have noted with concern that energy is slowly becoming a scarce resource... it is against this background that 49M was launched, to urge South Africans to partner with us as we try to create a country that is energy efficient," Gigaba said.

He was speaking at the 49M national roadshow at the Sisa Dukashe stadium.

Gigaba called on individuals and businesses to support the 49 million campaign and save electricity.

He urged residents to follow electricity saving tips like using electricity sparingly between 17:00 and 21:00.

"The country consumes a lot of electricity during this period... it is simple acts like these that make a huge difference on the power grid."

Earlier on Saturday, Gigaba had conducted door-to-door visits where he exchanged old light bulbs in some households with new energy efficient light bulbs.

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  • aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-09-29 20:35

    So it has come to this....again

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-29 22:13

      Seems every time they come out with this schtook is when they are about to ask govt for another increase. - 2012-09-30 01:17

      We need renewable energy, this problem is not unique to SA. Close to 7BILLION people on this planet, most have multiplied like rats!!

      helen.stephens.1257 - 2012-09-30 12:23

      I always and automatically use electricity sparingly. Would Eskom stop wasting millions and rather spend it on maintenance.Such incompetence and mismanagement is intolerable.

  • AlwynDogmatic - 2012-09-29 20:55

    Stop urging the nation what they should and should not do but rather you and the government deliver on the promises and mandate given to you when you were appointed and what you are suppose to do. Why is the minister always calling on the public to resolve government matters? Are they all incompetent? If so then leave office immediately because we can no longer remunerate and keep these imbeciles.

  • Neal Sing - 2012-09-29 21:06

    If you and your useless cadres had done their jobs well;we would not be in this cANCerous predicament!

  • frederikrudolph.vandyk - 2012-09-29 21:08

    Just privatise elec and water, etc and you wont have to tell CUSTOMERS to use what they pay for sparingly.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-09-29 21:16

    What?? Get lost. Tell the useless ANC Government to rather stop importing people from neighbouring countries who are ADDING TO THE DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY. DEMAND = SUPPLY. You dont have to be a brain surgeon to work that out now do you??

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-29 21:23

    Eskom must be the only company that I know off that sells a product and then tell you not to use it or use it sparingly. Here is an idea, stop selling your product at cheaper prices to the rest of Africa. Charity begins at home!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-29 22:59

    maybe if you stopped giving it away to deadbeats like bhp billiton and zimbabwe, there would be enough for everyone.

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-09-29 23:51

    Gigaba, seeing that you are so concerned about the use of electricity why don't you make time to go to a few informal settlements. You'll soon learn where the bulk of the electricity is going.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-09-30 06:23

      Bulk of the stolen electricity is going.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-30 06:13

    We use electricity sparingly, not because you ask it, but because we cannot afford it anymore. The majority of people in this country do not earn millions annually, only bloated politicians are this fortunate. The rest of us just try to exist.

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-09-30 06:25

      Why use it sparingly if you are NOT paying for it anyway.

  • adrian.partridge.73 - 2012-09-30 10:31

    Was chatting to a friend of mine during the week, and he mentioned that his maid had asked him to go buy electricity for her. Gave him R20. When he suggested that it was not nearly enough, she said: "oh no, it lasts the whole month' The whole month!?! On R20? My electricity costs around R800 a month, and that is doing some decent power-reduction strategies. So can I take it that I am subsidising some informal settlement somewhere, enabling them to get a month's power for R20? But if you actually ask Eskom about this, I am sure they will swear blind that 'we're all equal'... What else, it leads me to ask, am I subsidising?

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-09-30 16:51

      You're right of course. And apart from subsidizing we still have stealing of electricity on a huge scale esp in places like Soweto and other informal settllements all over the country. And yes, as pointed out by Koos van der merwe 75 above, Eskom pleads and reminds us whenever they have the opportunity to use electricity sparingly (which is the product they market and sell!)yet we haven't actually seen a decrease in electricity rates, have we. So, if we save, we pay more, if we don't save, we also pay more. So, what's the f@cking use? The paying Eskom consumer loses all the way, no matter. Time to resort to illigal connections and theft, it seems??

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