Pieter Pretorius (Eskom)
and Philip Vander Gucht
(Spintelligent) sign the
49m pledge
11 September 2012 – Cape Town-based power events organiser and publisher, Spintelligent, has become the 55thcompany to sign the Eskom 49m pledge, agreeing to embrace energy savings as part of the company’s culture.  

Spintelligent is the organiser of energy industry forums such as African Utility Week, Hydropower Africa, the East African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC) and the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC).

The pledge was signed at the Spintelligent offices in Westlake in Cape Town by Eskom’s senior manager: strategic marketing, Pieter Pretorius, and Spintelligent’s managing director, Philip Vander Gucht.  

Pretorius says the 49m campaign was conceived to deal with the urgent need to reduce electricity consumption across all sectors of South Africa. “We must each do our bit, such as changing light bulbs to energy efficient ones and switching computers off at the plug.”  So far 43million bulbs in South Africa had been replaced by energy efficient ones, the largest project of its kind in the world and that the energy saved by changing the 43 million old bulbs exceeds that produced by Koeberg.

Vander Gucht says Spintelligent is serious about implementing more energy efficient ways in the day-to-day running of the office.  “We are going to do this as a company, such as installing a geyser blanket and changing all the bulbs.”

The 49m campaign was launched in March 2011 and encourages South Africans to start thinking about their power consumption and saving 10% of their electricity usage.