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The government is completing regulations that will enable it to enforce the Power Conservation Programme, which aims to reduce South Africa's energy consumption by at least 3 000 megawatts over the next three years, by providing for sanctions against excessive use and wastage of electricity.

"These sanctions will be in the form of a tariff-based penalty, meaning excessive electricity users will pay more, especially where their excess adversely impacts upon the supply to other users," said Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica last week.

Delivering her budget vote for the 2008/9 financial year in Parliament in Cape Town, she said that the country was facing an emergency with regard to the generation and supply of electricity, a situation that was likely to remain for long unless "drastic interventions and sacrifices" were made.

"We have established the National Emergency Response Team, a partnership between government, business, labour and civil society, to mobilise all of us and ensure that, as South Africa Incorporated, we respond in a coordinated manner to the emergency," she said.


 
 
 
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