The City of Cape Town Directorate for Energy says it this week connected 109 households in Masiphumelele to the electricity grid, for the first time.

Technicians also reconnected customers in the area who had their meters damaged or destroyed by the recent fire.

Mayoral committee member, Beverley van Reenen says this initiative will see around 387 homes connected to the grid, at an estimated cost of R4.5 million.

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Eskom Chief Executive Andre de Ruyter says the power-utility’s unplanned capacity outages is currently sitting at one of its lowest-ever levels.

The Medupi power station, where an explosion was reported in August of last year, and the Koeberg Unit 2, which is currently out of service for maintenance, also contributes to the decreased availability of power on the national grid.

De Ruyter says this impressively low levels of outages is a positive reflection on the performance of the national grid.

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Power utility, Eskom says it has made a lot of strides over the past few months to stabilize the country’s electricity grid.

Eskom Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer says technicians have, since last year, been able to do a lot of repairs at the country’s major power stations.

Oberholzer says many other challenges were also addressed which will ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the national grid.

Access Eskom’s latest media briefing here.

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