- The mayor of Cape Town, Mr Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that the city will publish details on the city’s independent power producer programme in the next two weeks.
- The documents will include the announcement of tenders for the purchase of electricity from IPPs and timelines for bringing IPP-generated electricity onto the City’s supply network.
“It has become clear to the City of Cape Town that if we wish to halt the damage caused by Eskom’s monopoly over electricity generation, we have to take matters into our own hands. The only way for us to provide reliable and affordable electricity to our residents is to source it from elsewhere,” said Hill-Lewis in a press statement released yesterday.
He added that any loadshedding comes at a significant cost for South Africans.
Related news: Eskom implements stage 2 loadshedding
“Bringing IPPs onto the grid, through the tendering process, is a crucial step in ending load-shedding over time. The economic effects of a reliable power supply in Cape Town will mean more profitable businesses and more job opportunities. Every Capetonian will benefit.”
“We hope that other spheres of government will respect our constitutional mandate to deliver electricity to our residents, and not stand in our way of making Cape Town the first load-shedding-free municipality in South Africa,” concluded Hill-Lewis.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal