2010: SA's neighbours to help

2009-04-27 17:00

Johannesburg - Various Southern African countries will assist with ensuring an adequate power supply for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, said Eskom on Monday.

"The Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) today pledged to support South Africa... in areas of generation, transmission, customer contributions and demand side management initiatives at a meeting that took place in Maputo, Mozambique."

Countries that make up the SAPP include Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Eskom said this support would help ensure a reliable electricity supply during the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

Commercial agreements would be negotiated and signed separately between the various SAPP members and Eskom.

A targeted amount of the power supplied would be "green power".

Eskom Project 2010 unit managing director Johnny Dladla said the power utility was delighted with the SAPP counterparts' commitment.

"This initiative confirms that the 2010 FIFA World Cup is truly and indeed an African event," said Dladla.