Electricity concerns as winter approaches

Minister Gigaba has urged the public to use electricity sparingly as winter approaches.

Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has again urged the public to use electricity sparingly in the coming months as Eskom will be completing maintenance.

Gigaba warned that electricity supply will remain tight going into winter.

He says the parastatal needs to drastically increase electricity supply to meet the growing demand of customers.

"It's not in the interests of the country to ask people to unnecessarily reduce their demand and consumption of electricity, especially big industries."

Eskom CEO Brian Dames says with the support of consumers the utility has been able to avoid load shedding, but this doesn't mean the country is out of the dark.

Dames emphasised the need to continue reducing demand as the power grid will remain under strain going into winter.

Last week the utililty announced a second energy emergency in the space of a few months.

Dames says rolling blackouts were avoided thanks to the public.

"We have seen a tremendous response across the customer base despite us declaring an emergency and we have had great support from our customers. There has been no rotational load shedding because customers have responded. "