DA mayors asked to bypass Eskom

Staff Writer | Mar 29, 2019
All DA mayors, where appropriate and possible, are to write to the Minister of Energy to request a determination allowing those municipalities to bypass Eskom and procure electricity directly from IPPs.

 The DA says that it has instructed its mayors to seek the means to bypass Eskom and buy power directly from independent power producers (IPPs).

According to a statement released by the DA, “every DA mayor in the country to, where appropriate and possible, will write to the Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, requesting a determination in terms of Section 34 of the Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 allowing those municipalities to bypass Eskom and procure electricity directly from IPPs”.

According to the DA, “Section 34 of the Act empowers the Minister of Energy to allow municipalities to enter into a tender procedure which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective with the private sector to provide for new generation capacity. This direct licencing arrangement with private sector energy providers must be approved in consultation with, and facilitated by, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)”.

Mismanagement, corruption, and the overzealous application of racial empowerment edicts have crippled the South African State-owned energy monopoly Eskom just weeks before the country goes to a national election.

 

 


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