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The energy-saving lamps or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) initiative introduced by the government's National Electricity Emergency Plan has seen more than 12million lamps being distributed in three years.
The initiative is at present being rolled out in four provinces in South Africa and arrangements are in place to extend the roll-out to other provinces next month.
The programme, introduced to the Western Cape in 2006 to reduce the demand for power during localised load shedding in the province, has already seen millions of the energy-efficient, long-life CFLs being distributed to households.
KwaZuluNatal, the latest focus area, has benefited through the distribution of more than 4million lamps to 580000 households in areas around eThekwini and along the greater North and South Coasts.
The distribution of 4,5million CFLs, accompanied by widespread advertising and awareness campaigns, is taking place in selected areas of the Free State, Western and Northern Cape, Limpopo, central Gauteng and Northwest.
"The distribution of CFLs is a practical response to the current strain on the system," said Eskom spokesman Andrew Etzinger.