Energy Deptartment launches power saving campaign

The benefits of renewable energy were highlighted in a meeting between the department, local government & the community.

FILE: Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Energy Department is meeting with citizens and business leaders across the country to emphasise the importance of saving electricity.

The department’s energy efficiency plan was rolled out in Plettenberg Bay on Sunday, in a bid to get residents and industries to implement plans to cut back on energy consumption.

The benefits of renewable energy were highlighted in a meeting between the department, local government and the community.

Under the theme "Save Energy", Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, joined by Bitou Municipality Mayor Peter Lobese, spoke to residents of Plettenberg Bay’s KwaNokuthula community about using electricity sparingly.

The minister already interacted with residents from Gugulethu on the topic earlier this month and now plans to take the initiative to other parts of the country.

Elizabeth Marabwa, the department’s chief director responsible for programmes and projects, says this campaign is also an attempt to increase energy generation capacity by means of saving electricity.

The department is scheduled to engage members of the public for input on the integrated energy and integrated resource plans at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)