Lighten load, city warned

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

eThekwini Municipality yesterday warned residents that the city was still not saving enough electricity.

Head of electricity Sandile Maphumulo said despite the announcement by Eskom to suspend load shedding with immediate effect, eThekwini Municipality remained on standby in the event that Eskom required any emergency load shedding.

"The suspension of load shedding does not mean we are off the hook," Maphumulo said.

"We need to reduce usage by 10 percent. Durban is still not saving enough."

He said in the event that Eskom instructed the municipality to implement emergency load shedding, the schedule that was in place at the time of the suspension would come into effect.

The decision to suspend load shedding was announced by Eskom's chief executive Jacob Maroga on April 30 and came into effect on May 5. Durban consumes an average of 1200 gigawatt hours of power each year.