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People have been urged to use electricity sparingly to cut the need for planned power outages. It will also "reduce global warming".

Eskom generates the country's electricity; City Power distributes it in Johannesburg
Eskom generates the country's electricity; City Power distributes it in Johannesburg

ESKOM has warned South Africans to conserve electricity, using as little as possible, as it will continue with planned blackouts throughout the week.

"Eskom [will] continue with load shedding until after evening peak. This will continue today and for the rest of the week. There is a high probability that load shedding will continue over the weekend," reads a release on that parastatal's website.

The latest round of supply disruptions to hit Johannesburg began on Monday, 14 January, with businesses and homes, motorists and traffic flow and shopping centres suffering the brunt of the problem.

All residents should contribute equally to saving electricity while reducing excessive demand, says Tshidiso Nkgoedi, the general manager for customer service delivery at City Power. This will help to combat global warming because less coal will be burnt.

Eskom conducts load shedding on a rotational basis. The national power utility warns that some areas may experience load shedding more than once a day, because there is a high demand and shortage of capacity. "We request consumers to use electricity sparingly in order to reduce the amount of load shedding."

Joburgers have been advised to check when there will be planned power outages in their areas – there is a schedule on the Eskom website – and are urged to turn off unnecessary electrical appliances at home to avoid using an excessive amount of power.

City Power is the metro's power supply entity. Eskom generates the country's electricity; City Power distributes it in Johannesburg.

According to Eskom, load shedding is tailored to encourage people to use energy sparingly, and it is the parastatal's last resort to regulate power usage. Only when all other options have been exhausted, will Eskom cut supply to customers, the utility says on its website.

Load shedding occurs partly because people use electrical appliances irresponsibly. "Households need to learn to save electricity and put off some of the unnecessary appliances. For instance, if you are watching TV you don't need to put on lights in the other rooms," says Kevin Nassiep, the chief executive officer of the National Energy Research Institute.

There are several ways people can unsure that energy is used efficiently and sparingly. They should buy appliances bearing energy efficient labels and switch off geysers during the day, particularly during peak hours from 7am until 10am and from 6pm until 9pm, says the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA).

Customers are advised to continue conserving energy and switching off non-essential appliances to help cut down the demand for electricity. For more energy saving tips, visit the NEEA website.

Load shedding schedules are drawn up to limit the number of areas that will bear the brunt of the shortages. To view load-shedding schedules in advance, visit Eskom's website , or call 086 003 7566.

"Eskom will continue to update consumers on the supply situation."

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Last Updated on 04 February 2008