22 April 2008 – A national task team will be set up by the Department of Minerals and Energy, Eskom and municipalities in order to encourage energy conservation and achieve targeted savings.

The task team, which will be made up of the CEOs of the largest municipalities, along with Eskom’s Jacob Maroga, will work toward rapid energy savings with a focus on load reduction, rather than load shedding.

Sonjica

Minister of minerals and
energy, Buyelwa Sonjica

The task team was set up following a meeting between the various stakeholders, where positive commitment to energy savings was shown by all attendees. Load reduction will be encouraged by the innovative use of new technologies and a range of load management techniques.

Speaking recently, minister of minerals and energy, Buyelwa Sonjica said "To address the current situation, a number of policies and strategies have been developed and approved to ensure that we approach the value chain of electricity supply in an integrated and sustainable manner."

She said further her department was developing the necessary regulations, under existing legislation, in order to implement the department’s legislative mandate.

"As a region and continent we will continue to call upon all our fellow governments and private sector to collaborate in managing the prosperity of the African continent.

"I am hopeful that through a collective effort that will be here for the next two days, solutions will be deliberated upon to ensure that through energy, we create a better life for all," she said.