The actual volume of electricity consumed in SA declined by 1.7% year on year (y/y) in November‚ after a 3.9% y/y decline in October‚ Statistics SA said on Monday.

Seasonally adjusted electricity consumption increased by 2.7% in November 2012 compared with October 2012‚ following month-on-month decreases of 1.2% in both October 2012 and September 2012.

The seasonally adjusted electricity consumption fell by 0.5% in the three months ended November 2012 compared with the previous three months.

Stats SA reported that the actual estimated electricity production decreased by 0.6% in November last year compared with the same month in 2011.

The seasonally adjusted electricity production rose by 1.2% month-on-month in November 2012‚ following month-on-month decreases of 0.8% in October and 1.6% in September.

The seasonally adjusted electricity production increased by 0.2% in the three months ended November compared with the previous three months.

The total volume of electricity delivered by Eskom to the provinces decreased by 0.8% in November 2012 compared with November 2011.

Decreases were reported in five of the nine provinces‚ with the largest volume decrease recorded for Gauteng (-113 Gigawatt-hours); followed by North West (-78 Gigawatt-hours).

Western Cape reported the largest year-on-year increase of 73 Gigawatt-hours over the period.