In its ongoing bid to reduce the burden of load shedding, the City of Cape Town on Tuesday announced that it will pay cash to anyone who can sell it electricity from their own generation. According to mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, businesses that feed their excess power into the municipal grid will start getting paid by June.
Meanwhile, Eskom has poured cold water on the possibility of halting the 18.65% electricity tariff increase granted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. The power utility said those "aggrieved" by the upcoming tariff hike will have to lodge a court application to challenge the energy regulator's decision.
The Office of the Public Protector has completed its Phala Phala investigation and an interim report has been drafted. The African Transformation Movement (ATM), which lodged a complaint with the Public Protector, was informed that the report will only be made final once it has gone through internal review structures.