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Eskom urges big switch-off

Times LIVE

23 April 2013

In a last-ditch effort to avoid load-shedding, Eskom CEO Brian Dames has urged users of electricity to cut their consumption by a 10th this winter.

As the state-owned power supplier embarks on maintenance it can no longer delay, it is desperately in need of spare capacity to avoid the power cuts that rocked the country in April 2008.

Heaters, geysers, unnecessary lights and swimming pool pumps are on the no-go list between 5pm and 9pm, when energy consumption peaks.  Read more

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