The lights are on, but there’s nobody home

All lit up: The SARS building in Chapel Street
All lit up: The SARS building in Chapel Street

Zuma’s call to conserve electricity ignored at state buildings

Government and parastatal officials in Port Elizabeth are ignoring the call to save electricity, with many of the buildings still brightly lit up at night.

This, as South Africa battles a crippling national energy crisis with ongoing bouts of load-shedding and appeals from President Jacob Zuma to conserve power.

A five-night survey, which included 11 government buildings in Nelson Mandela Bay, revealed scores of lights, including on entire floors, burning overnight.

Some government buildings were still brightly lit well past midnight, including this past weekend.

The officials have blatantly disregarded a national effort to reduce the risk of load-shedding by switching all unnecessary lighting off after hours.

-Shaun Gillham, Mkhululi Ndamase and Michael Kimberley

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