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South Africa: Two time zones for peak shaving?

South Africa should be split into two time zones to stagger peak hour demand on Eskom. This is according to Eskom council member and electrical engineer Professor Christo Viljoen.

Viljoen has urged the government to seriously consider his proposal.

According to the Weekend Argus, there has long been a strong lobby for daylight saving in Durban, because the sun in South Africa's most easterly city rises and sets about 50 minutes earlier than in Cape Town.

Viljoen, however, emphasised that he was not talking about daylight saving, but just one hour's difference would have a major impact on the electricity supply in this country. The time zones would be permanent.

Different time zones worked well in other countries, thus Viljoen says if his proposal is implemented, it would go a long way to alleviating the current electricity crisis until another power station is built.


Additional information: BushRadioNews
News date: 01/10/2006

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