Eskom thanks SA consumers for 'switching off'

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says consumers have begun to listen to its calls to save power.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says consumers have begun to listen to its calls to save power. Picture: Michelle Lubbe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says consumers have begun to heed its calls to save power.

The power utility has repeatedly expressed concerns that it would have to resort to load-shedding this winter, a time when electricity usage normally soars.

However, Eskom's Andrew Etzinger says the company seems to be managing the situation well.

"We've hit our peak levels that went to 35,400 megawatts which is slightly below what we were expecting. This is great news and is attributed to support from the public which we really do value."

Last month, Eskom announced its Medupi power plant would not be ready on time and the project would only be completed in the second half of 2014.

The first electricity from the power station was initially due to come online at the end of this year.

The delay sparked fresh fears of load-shedding and led to the cost of the project swelling by more than R10 billion.

Welding problems and fraudulent sub-contracting documents have been cited as the main reasons for the setback.