Regional manufacturers will be encouraged to reduce pressure on the interconnected SAPP power grid by slowing production during evening peak periods and increasing production during off-peak periods, Eskom said in a statement last week. Eskom’s Project 2010 MD ,Johnny Dladla, said the initiative confirmed that the 2010 Fifa World Cup was “truly an African event”. SAPP members include Eskom, the Botswana Power Corporation, Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi, Empresa National de Electricidade (Angola), Lesotho Electricity Corporation, NamPower (Namibia), Societe National d’ Electricite (Democratic Republic of Congo), Swaziland Electricity Board, Tanzania Electric Supply Company, and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority. 4 May 2009 Some may even take their plants off the grid for planned maintenance when Confederations Cup and World Cup matches are being played. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Other initiatives will include ensuring adequate transmission capacity for transfering electricity to South Africa, taking preventative pre-event maintenance, bringing co-generation plants into the SAPP grid, and making more use of renewable energy sources. SAinfo reporter According to the initiative, announced at a meeting of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) in Maputo, Mozambique last week, the SAPP’s 12 member countries will conduct a number of power-saving exercises, passing the surplus power created on to South African state company Eskom for use during the 2009 and 2010 football events. South Africa won’t be going it alone when it comes to powering Fifa’s footballing showpiece in 2010. Countries from the southern African region have agreed to a range of measures to help South Africa ensure an uninterrupted World Cup electricity supply. Mozambique’s members are Electricidade de Mozambique, Hydro Cahora Bassa and the Mozambique Transmission Company, while Zambia’s members are the Copperbelt Energy Corporation and Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation. The member countries’ commitment will be backed by commercial agreements, to be negotiated separately between SAPP members and Eskom, that will include targets for the supply of power generated from renewable sources.
New Delhi, Nov 1 (PTI) In what could be a first for an Indian track and field athlete, junior world record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was today named as brand ambassador by sports drinks giant Gatorade in a partnership that runs up to 2021.The 19-year-old Neeraj is currently in the fold of JSW Sports and Gatorade India will have him work closely with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute during the period of the partnership to better understand his training and match day nutrition.”The move is a reiteration of Gatorade Indias commitment to encourage upcoming athletes and partner with them on their athletic journey by helping them improve performance by delivering proper hydration and nutrition,” the company said in a release.”Gatorades scientific formula has the right amount of carbohydrates, electrolytes and flavour that can help an athlete rehydrate, replenish and refuel while playing sports,” it said.Commenting on the association, Neeraj said, “The upcoming events will be important milestones for my career and I am gearing up for it. The entire team at JSW Sports has been working hard, with support from the Sports Authority of India and the Athletics Federation of India, to ensure I am in the best possible shape for the games.”This hard work is accompanied by long hours of practice, persistence and perspiration. Each day, my performance needs to be better than the previous days and I need to take every challenge head on. I am honoured to join the Gatorade family of athletes, which consists of sporting legends from across the world,” he added.advertisementNeeraj burst on the scene when his gold medal effort in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships saw him set the world junior record with a massive throw of 86.48m in Bydgoszcz, Poland. PTI PDS PDS