The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with State-owned power utility Eskom to start planning the execution of the takeover by City Power of electricity supply for 14 areas in Soweto and Sandton
“The signing of the MoU is a great start towards implementing a long-term solution to power supply challenges in the City,” says mayor Mpho Moerane.
“City Power and Eskom will explore, in detail, how the takeover from the national utility by our municipal entity can be best executed. Once these plans are finalised and agreed upon by all parties, we will update Johannesburg residents on progress and timelines,” he adds.
This forms part of the CoJ’s efforts to improve reliability of power supply for Johannesburg communities.
An alternative energy mix of gas and solar is also being explored for the same objective, Moerane says.
Earlier this week, the CoJ had renewed a power purchase agreement with privately owned Kelvin Power Station. The power station will also supply the city with an additional 100 MW of electricity.