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SA saves 575 megawatts for Earth Hour

Eskom says this was enough electricity to power a city the size of Polokwane in Limpopo.

Table Mountain is plunged into darkness for the global Earth Hour initiative on 29 March. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says South Africans saved 575 megawatts of energy last night during Earth Hour.

The power utility says this was enough electricity to power a city the size of Polokwane in Limpopo.

The initiative, which is organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, involves more than 7,000 cities and towns across the globe.

As part of the campaign, people were urged to switch off non-essential lights for an hour last night to raise awareness about climate change.

Eskom's Andrew Etzinger congratulated South Africans for their participation.

"From our national control centre, we are able to monitor the production in demand for that hour and we are pleased to say that 575 megawatts of power was saved which is a substantial amount of electricity."