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Eskom urges people to save electricity

Eskom has reiterated its call to households to use electricity sparingly.

Eskom's Megawatt Park offices in Sunninghill. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom is once again appealing to South Africans households to use electricity sparingly as winter settles in.

It says people tend to use a lot more power than is needed over this period especially at night.

With the three-day major cold front moving from the Western Cape to Gauteng, there are fears the electricity usage will increase drastically.

Eskom's Hilary Joffee says, "Our challenge in winter is the evening peak between 5pm-9pm. In fact, particularly between 5pm-7pm we get a jump in demand for electricity."

Last week, Public Enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba said many South Africans were heeding the call to save electricity.

He said they have noticed a behaviour change among residents.