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Gigaba makes grand power promise

Minister Malusi Gigaba has reiterated that all South Africans need to save electricity.

Minister Malusi Gigaba says Eskom is working toward a stable and secure power system in South Africa. Picture: Sapa

PRETORIA - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Monday, electricity generation upgrades and new construction is on track to deliver additional capacity to the grid within the next year.

Gigaba spoke in Pretoria on Monday morning where he reiterated governments call on business and citizens to use electricity wisely.

He said the new Medupi Power Station, which goes online next year, is a state of the art next generation coal fired plant.

"It is a super critical design that operates with great efficiency than the previous generation boilers - a first for South Africa.

"It is the best for South Africa and will dry cool power station in the world, reducing the need for water consumption."

He also said South African citizens and businesses have heeded the call to use electricity wisely.

"There has been up to 800MW reduction over the evening peak. In response to the winter time use tariff signal, we asked each of you to make at least a 10 percent saving."

Eskom's Brian Dames said at this rate the company would be able to keep the lights on for the rest of winter and recover the maintenance backlog.

However, he repeated Gigaba's call on consumers: "Ten percent [is what we have to save]. Everybody - this hotel, our households, businesses, municipality. A 10 percent saving will make sure that we have a stable and secure power system in South Africa."

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