The City of Cape Town has, between February and July 2022, protected its customers from 722 hours of Eskom loadshedding.

The Directorate of Energy and Climate Change says the City remains committed to protecting its customers from up to two stages of loadshedding where it is possible primarily through the use of the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme.

Mayoral Committee member at the Directorate, Beverley van Reenen says it is important that the Steenbras plant is properly maintained and that more investment is pumped into energy infrastructure for reliable services.

Van Reenen says the City is also continuing to build on its programme of ending loadshedding over time by focusing on energy diversification to enhance the security of supply with the City’s own build projects, and small-scale embedded generation programmes of buying excess power from qualifying customers.

She urges residents to continue using electricity sparingly.

Van Reenen says the City was, during most bouts of power cuts, able to protect residents from at least two stages of loadshedding.

Read her full statement here.

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