Cape Town executive deputy mayor, Ian Neilson, has said that the city wants to investigate a private power supply to lessen its reliance on Eskom.
The country has been warned to expect load shedding for the forseeable future, possibly over a few years. Capetonians experience an average of two hours of load shedding at least once a day, depending on the stage announced.
As a result, the Mother City has engaged with the national treasury to set up an independent power producer (IPP) office.
According to Bussiness Day, the city are interested in “entering into a power purchase agreement with a private company that will construct a gas-fired power station within the city to provide Cape Town with a power supply which is not dependent on Eskom’s monopoly”.
Neilson has said this is necessary as the current load shedding scheduled are costing companies in the city as much as R1 billion a month.
The Daily Maverick explained that the City of Cape Town has been fighting the battle to control its right to source its own electricity. Since 2015, when then Cape Town mayor Particia de Lille first asked then energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to allow the city to source its own electricity, it hasn’t received a response.
The city will have its case heard in the high court on 11-12 May to finally deal with this issue.