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S.Africa's Pres. Zuma to assist Eskom through energy-savings campaign

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

S.Africa's President Jacob Zuma seeks to bring relief to the strained national power utility, Eskom. PHOTOS: GCIS

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma will this Friday launch an energy savings campaign meant to ease pressure on the national power grid.

The launch of the Presidency and government-wide Energy Saving campaign will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

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The country’s power utility, Eskom has been struggling to keep the country’s lights on and has been resorting to load shedding when the system has been under strain.

The power utility's suspended CEO Tshediso Matona warned in January that Eskom was like a car running on reserve with a very thin margin. The big challenge, he adds, was delayed maintenance especially for power stations in mid-life.

The Eskom board recently suspended its top executives including the Matona, head of capital projects Dan Marokane, technology and commercial executive Matshela Koko and finance director Tsholofelo Molefe to conduct an inquiry.

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Earlier this year, during Zuma's State of the Nation Address, he urged South Africans including the private sector and government departments to save electricity.

The Department of Public Works has also been instructed to ensure that all government-owned buildings are energy efficient.