CITY POWER - Joburg unveils R400m plan to beat load-shedding but will need funding
- Jan 27, 2023 12:46 pm GMT
Joburg unveils R400m plan to beat load-shedding but will need funding
Political CorrespondentThe cash-strapped
The energy crisis has resulted in factories and small, medium and micro enterprises — which are crucial to job creation — closing shop due to unreliable power supply. Load-shedding means consumers and businesses have to go without electricity for up to 10 hours a day, costing the struggling economy billions of rand per day.
In a media briefing attended by
"This would of course require the city to procure and burn diesel. We are already sitting with 1.2-million litres of diesel for these sites. This would add 74MW to the network, when needed," the mayor said.
"At R85m for a Ripple Relay System,
"At R175m we will procure and distribute smart meters and communication that will enable
"This will save an additional 322MW, when needed. This will not be done on a whim but will be communicated to customers. The communication system will require R28m.
"This requires an energy management system upgrade, costing R120m [for]
However, Phalatse said the metro, which has a budget of R77.3bn for the 2022/2023 financial year, is not "sitting with R400m that can be easily shifted towards this programme".
"We are therefore exploring the establishment of an infrastructure fund, and we will be approaching development finance institutions, the private sector, the provincial and national governments to fund this project, where we will be leveraging our status as the economic hub of the country and the good governance practices of the multiparty government," Phalatse said.
"We are not sitting on our hands or burying our heads in the sand, as we fully comprehend the scale of this emergency and the urgency required to address it," the mayor said.
"We want our residents to proudly call Joburg home. We want our visitors to come back again. We want those doing business in the City to keep their doors open, grow and employ more people."
Phalatse said for the period between
The metro is losing, on average, two mini-substations a day.
"This is not the work of amateur criminals, but it is criminality committed by highly armed and resourced syndicates. Therefore, my office is again writing to the Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela to dedicate resources to this attack on
"When we talk about a loss of revenue and an increase in spending, for the period under review from
"We are also losing customers and revenue due to customers going semi or completely off-grid by investing in alternative sources of energy such as standby and distributed generation, rooftop solar systems, and battery energy storage systems, among others."
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