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South Africa’s contributi­on towards Earth Hour


SOUTH Africans made a weighty contributi­on to Earth Hour by saving an average of 420 megawatts when they switched off their lights on Saturday between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Eskom said the amount of power saved by South Africans was enough to power a city the size of Polokwane or Port Elizabeth for an hour.

It said it measured the reduction in electricit­y used during the hour against typical consumptio­n between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on an average Saturday.

“Eskom would like to encourage people to take action on climate change beyond this one hour and to make environmen­tal conservati­on part of their daily lifestyles,” the statement read.


Eskom said there were currently more than 162 countries and territorie­s in the world taking part in the initiative “which engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmen­tal issues”.

Earth Hour, which started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, was organised by the World Wide Fund as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change, Eskom said. – Daily News Reporter

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