City of Joburg recommits to research into alternative energy sources – SABC News
The City of Joburg has re-committed to finding alternative energy sources, in addition to Eskom, as quickly as possible.
Metro says this will help ensure that services such as water supply, health care and sewage are not affected by power outages.
Residents of Bosmont, parts of Riverlea and surrounding areas have been without power since Saturday following an explosion at the Industria power plant following the power outages.
Residents of Roodepoort were also affected by the theft of cables from their substation during power cuts.
MMC of the city of Joburg for infrastructure, Michael Sun says: “The cables were cut during the load shedding. So when you have that kind of damage, it inevitably damages the water supply for residents in the area. We can’t sit back and say we can’t do anything. We are looking at ongoing projects where we install an alternative power supply to the pump stations so that whenever there is load shedding these pump stations can still operate. »
Eskom is set to continue Wednesday with stage five blackouts. He says he could get them down to stage four by Thursday.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has returned home after cutting short his international trip amid the country’s escalating energy crisis.
Research expert Dr. Sean Muller says lack of accountability is the biggest problem affecting the electric utility.
This follows accelerated stages of power cuts, which reached stage six over the weekend.
Muller says there is a possibility of sabotage of Eskom’s infrastructure but adds that it is difficult to prove.
“The bigger question is about liability, because if Eskom can always blame sabotage, even if it’s not proven, they can always blame disgruntled individuals. So how the hell are we going to get improvements, how are we going to hold Eskom’s management, or Eskom’s Board of Directors, accountable, while they are still allowed to make these excuses, and often without any definitive proof.
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