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By unknown | Jul 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Robert Laing

Robert Laing

South Africans seem to be heeding Eskom's call to use electricity more sparingly, with May's data showing a slight decline from the same month last year.

Autumn turning to winter saw month-on-month electricity demand rise 6,4percent to 20381 GigaWatt-hours.

Compared to May last year, however, the country consumed 2,5percent less electricity.

While part of the decline can be attributed to Eskom's demand side management campaign taking effect, it also indicates more families are shivering this winter.

Paraffin consumption dropped 3,2percent to 150million litres during the first quarter from 155million litres during the same period last year, according South African Petroleum Industry Association data.

The decline in power consumption reported by Statistics South Africa yesterday shows this was not due to more households getting electricity, but a sign paraffin has become unaffordable by doubling in price over the year.


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