About 10 million high energy consuming light bulbs will be replaced nationally in November with energy saving bulbs, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka announced on Tuesday.

“South Africans need to know that the electricity crisis is not over yet.

Unless we save energy, we run the risk of experiencing a situation not dissimilar to the one we were confronted with last summer,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said after a meeting with the Stakeholder Advisory Council (on Electricity) at the Union Buildings.

She said government was saving 1000 megawatts at present, but the target was to save 3000 megawatts.

“At least 10 million incandescent light bulbs will be replaced with about 10 million CFLs (energy saving) light bulbs throughout the country.”

Air-conditioners, swimming pool pumps, and geysers had a devastating effect on electricity consumption in South Africa, Mlambo-Ngcuka said.