Streaming issues? Report here
Lester Kieviet 2019 1500 BW 2 Lester Kieviet 2019 1500 BW 2
The Midday Report with Lester Kiewit
12:00 - 13:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Lunch with Pippa Hudson
See full line-up
The Midday Report with Lester Kiewit
12:00 - 13:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Municipalities can now generate their own power - and Cape Town may be first up

19 October 2020 12:46 PM
Tags:
City of Cape Town
Electricity
Municipalities
Independent Power Producers
Power
IPPs

Municipalities that have settled their power bill with Eskom will soon be able to generate their own electricity.

The South African government will allow municipalities in good standing to source their own power rather than buying electricity solely from the state-owned utility.

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe gazetted of amendments to Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity last week.

The amended regulations will enable some municipalities to develop their own power generation projects.

Only municipalities in good financial standing can apply, reports Business Insider SA's Helena Wasserman.

RELATED: Cape Town is ready to break free from Eskom and end its load shedding nightmare

According to Wasserman, the cities of Cape Town and Ekurhuleni may be the first to procure their own electricity.

It appears that qualifying municiplities will be able to both generate their own power and buy power directly from independent power providers (IPPs).

Wasserman says this may be bad news for Eskom, but it's great news for South Africans (especially Capetonians!).

This is what we have been waiting for in Cape Town. The City of Cape Town has been pressing for this.

Helena Wasserman, Editor - Business Insider SA

They [City of Cape Town] want to buy their own electricity from independent providers. They don't want to be dependent on Eskom anymore and the government has finally gazetted the changes that would allow municipalities to generate and buy their own electricity.

Helena Wasserman, Editor - Business Insider SA

Cape Town is already gearing towards this. The municipality in Ekurhuleni already has landfill gas projects that they are launching.

Helena Wasserman, Editor - Business Insider SA

Listen to the discussion for more news from Business Insider SA (skip to 08:45 for electricity story):


19 October 2020 12:46 PM
Tags:
City of Cape Town
Electricity
Municipalities
Independent Power Producers
Power
IPPs

More from Local

heat-sun-sky-weather-image-pexels-photo-301599jpeg

Don't pee on a jellyfish sting! (and other summer safety tips)

2 December 2020 12:29 PM

CapeTalk's Sara-Jayne King gets some expert summer first aid tips from emergency medicine specialist Dr Charl van Loggernberg.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Young children toddlers playing educational toys 123rfparenting 123rf

Don't shy away from talking about race to your kids. Start when they are young

2 December 2020 11:45 AM

'Difference is not the problem, but our biases around difference are the problem, says social justice advocate Lovelyn Nwadeyi.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

initiation school

Initiation season suspended until further notice, says Western Cape MEC

2 December 2020 11:42 AM

Cultural initiation practices remain suspended in the province to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

swimming-pool-under-water-lanes-aqua-123rf

'I was also abused by a swim coach and I'm fighting for justice' says survivor

2 December 2020 11:26 AM

'Iris' was abused at the hands of a swimming coach and has tried twice over the years to get justice but says she wasn't believed.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

liquor-store-sales-wine-champagne-mmc-brut-bubbly-alcohol-booze-drinking-123rf

SA govt needs to urgently restrict alcohol sales, says policy group

2 December 2020 10:41 AM

Tighter alcohol restrictions are needed as the festive season nears, according to the SAAPA SA.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Food security hunger feeding 123rf 123rfbusiness 123rflifestyle

Covid-19 Solidarity Fund saved 280 000 South African households from hunger

2 December 2020 9:34 AM

Utterly transparent about its spending and donors; the Solidarity Fund is a truly heroic effort in a nation weary of corruption.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

webuycars

Shopping for a great deal on a used car? 'We bought 900 cars more than we sold'

1 December 2020 7:29 PM

'This is the best time ever to buy new OR used vehicles'. The Money Show interviews WeBuyCars founder Faan van der Walt.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mask South African flag coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown 123rf

Lockdown for who? Expert says localised lockdown may not be best thing for SA

1 December 2020 5:53 PM

Is another lockdown on the cards as Covid-19 second wave washes over Western Cape asks John Maytham?

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

kwasizabantujpg

'No substance to rape allegations at KwaSizabantu mission' - lawyer

1 December 2020 5:04 PM

Weeks after a damning News24 investigation, a panel appointed by KSB has found that the controversial church is not a cult.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lockdown levels South Africa Covid-19 coronavirus 123rf

Another lockdown on the cards as Covid-19 second wave washes over Western Cape

1 December 2020 2:32 PM

A second wave of Covid-19 infections is taking hold in the province. Should Govt lock down? Are people willing to self-regulate?

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward