Stellenbosch mayor, Gesie van Deventer, says the Stellenbosch Municipality started fighting back in January 2021 to protect residents and businesses from loadshedding.

Van Deventer says the municipality has determined that the town needs 75MW of electricity, during peak times, to completely avoid the implementation of loadshedding.

She says the ultimate goal is to, in the near future, be completely independent of Eskom for electricity.

Van Deventer says the municipality supports the DA’s call for Eskom to be declared a state of disaster.

She agrees that drastic change is needed at the power utility to restore the country’s generation capabilities to full capacity.

The Democratic Alliance this week called on the government to declare a state of disaster at power-utility, Eskom.

The party says ridding the country of loadshedding is a whole of society approach anchored on making energy-generation South Africa’s biggest priority over the next 5 years.

DA spokesperson for Energy, Kevin Mileham says loadshedding has robbed unemployed South Africans of the chance of finding employment.

Mileham says the power interruptions also damage the country’s reputation as an investment destination.

Read the mayor’s complete statement here.

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In presenting the budget, City of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis announced increases to various municipal tariffs. The City of Cape Town’s service increases are also part of the budget.

  • Rates increase by 5.2%,
  • Refuse tariffs will increase by 5%
  • Water and sanitation tariffs will increase by 5%, (1.5%  to expand access to water to residents in informal settlements)
  • Electricity tariffs will increase by 9.5%

Hill Lewis says: “Because of Eskom’s 9,61% increase, we are bound to a 9,5% increase in electricity tariffs this year — our only tariff increase that is substantially above inflation. An increase over 9% is painful, Speaker, and one that every metro in the country that has tabled its budget so far has had to make.”
He adds: “Eskom’s unacceptably high increases in electricity prices are one of the two main reasons why we are so aggressively pursuing our independent power procurement programme.”

The mayor says the municipality must do everything they can to keep the lights on and be flexible with its budget: “This will allow us to purchase electricity at a far lower rate than that offered by Eskom, and pass this saving on to our customers. We are making substantial investments to do more for energy security in Cape Town. We are busy creating the country’s most reliable and most affordable electricity supply.”

He adds: “R3,8 billion is set aside for capital expenditure in energy over the medium term. We are also spending R48 million in our initial push to end load shedding. And R45 million over the next three years to enable and incentivise residents to self-generate and sell their excess energy to the City.”

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says: “This is a caring budget that does more to support those without the opportunities to help themselves.”

“Our social package amounts to R3.75 billion, which includes R1.4 billion in rates rebates and R2,3 billion for indigent relief. This will ensure that Cape Town continues to have the broadest free basic services reach of all the metros, with 40% of households receiving free basic water and sanitation, and 27% benefitting from free electricity on the lifeline tariff,” says Hill-Lewis.

  • R424 million is set aside for investment promotion
  • R181 million is budgeted for direct economic incentives to attract jobs and investors to Cape Town.
  • R53 million is budgeted for upgrades to informal trading infrastructure and to improve the efficiency of permitting systems.
  • R55 million is allocated to our Jobs Connect and Cape Employment Accelerator programmes

 

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis delivered his maiden budget speech this week and said billions of Rand had been allocated towards making Cape Town SA’s first loadshedding-free city.

He says R45 billion will be invested, over the next three years, to encourage residents to generate their own electricity to bolster the City’s access to secure energy.

Hill-Lewis says residents can then also generate additional income, by selling their excess power back to the City’s grid, which can be relayed to other consumers.

The Mayor says to make Cape Town the country’s first loadshedding-free city, is a collective effort.

More than R1 billion will be spent to upgrade and maintain the Steenbras Hydro Pump Scheme.

Hill-Lewis says the City relies heavily on the dam’s electricity-producing abilities to protect residents from the more severe stages of loadshedding.

He says they will also incentivise commercial power producers to become net producers instead of net consumers thus boosting electricity availability to the Mother City.

Read Hill-Lewis’ budget speech here.

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The SA Wind Energy Association has urged the Government to accelerate measures to increase the production of power from renewable energy sources.

With the country last week experiencing several bouts of loadshedding, the organization says ramping up the supply of electricity through renewable sources will see more power gradually become available to the national grid.

CEO of the SA Wind Energy Association, Niveshen Govender says land should be made available where wind farms can be erected.

Govender says loadshedding continues to severely impact businesses.

Read more here.

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Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has encouraged independent power producers (IPPs) to submit their tenders to supply Cape Town with electricity.

Round one of the City’s tender process to start procuring electricity from independent power producers has now opened.

Hill-Lewis says the city plans to purchase up to 300MW of electricity from IPPs.

The Mayor says residents can now expect hundreds of employment opportunities to be created in the renewable energy sector.

Read more on this initiative here.

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