On Thursday, the Tshwane Council approved the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations leasing report following a successful public participation process. According to Jacaranda FM, this is the second Rooiwal report, signalling the green light to proceed with the 40-year lease of Rooiwal and Pretoria West Power Stations as per Regulation 35 of the Municipal Asset Transfer Regulations. The approval comes after robust public participation engagements with various stakeholders, garnering an overwhelmingly positive response from residents who understand the need for drastic actions to combat load-shedding for a more energy-secure future.
Tshwane Mayor Cilliers Brink emphasised that the Council’s approval is a crucial step among the six necessary to revitalise the two power stations, a milestone bringing Tshwane closer to energy independence and stabilising electricity supply to communities. As part of the city’s master energy plan, the goal over the next three years is to secure at least 1,000 MW of alternative energy. This action leads to engagements with independent power producers for alternative energy production opportunities. The leasing process, unfolding transparently, will see the City Manager appointing a professional transactional advisory team to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Brink highlighted the significance of the progressive step, underscoring that higher stages of load-shedding can damage infrastructure, cause prolonged outages and frustration, and create opportunities for cable theft. This project is deemed crucial for the city’s future. Brink assured that the leasing process would be impartial, managed transparently, competitively, and fairly, without favouring any specific energy provider. He expressed anticipation for announcing additional initiatives in the city’s energy plan to reduce dependence on Eskom and alleviate the burden of load-shedding for all residents.
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