Power cuts will hit city building

2008-03-20 00:00

The national electricity crisis threatens to have a serious impact on the city’s future development in terms of electricity capacity.

Acting strategic executive manager of the economic development and growth business unit, David Gengan, warned the committee that current and proposed developments are due to be affected by the electricity crisis. "The national crisis will have a serious impact on developments, not only in terms of regular load shedding, but also in terms of … new developments," he said.

The city currently has about 10 large developments in progress. All these projects could be affected if a collective effort to cut back on electrical consumption is not made.

"Fortunately we have had a meeting with big businesses around the city and they have voluntarily agreed to cut back on consumption provided that the municipality informs them timeously of load shedding. We need this collective effort or else development will come to a standstill."

New developers are required to disclose how much electricity they will need as the municipality is obliged to inform Eskom. One applicant has already been cancelled after they failed to provide details of the type of power supply needed for the project. "Council did not sign a sale agreement of the Mason’s Mill Bus depot site for a steel smelter as the estimated demand is in the region of 60 MVA … it is unlikely that Eskom will give this project the go-ahead in the short to medium term," he said.

He said that the applicant was unable to respond to a council inquiry and the site will be made available for any new development.

Strategic executive manager for infrastructure, services and electricity, Philemon Mashoko, is expected propose to the committee how the city can meet Eskom’s requirements.

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