Johannesburg needs R26 billion for power supply - mayor

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Joburg needs R26 billion for stable power — and it only has R1 billion

Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, needs 26 billion rand ($1.6 billion) to stabilize power supply by 2030 as recurrent outages inhibit economic activity, Mayor Mpho Phalatse said.

South Africa has been hit by intermittent power cuts since 2008 because Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., the state power utility, can’t meet demand. The country is on course to have a record number of outages this year.

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wingnut771

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How is 26 billion going to fix the theft/vandislism/lack of maintenance? Before that is fixed you're just pissing into the wind Mrs Mayor.

Here's a suggestion, spend the 1 billion upgrading the metering system to allow inverters to communicate with the grid. Then offer market rates to residential/commercial properties to be net producers of energy. If a local transformer is taking too much load from solar, the grid can tell the inverter to throttle back. Aim for a system that charges batteries during off-peak and sell the stored energy during peak. Best part is that it's all paid for (except smart grid) by the private sector, so keep your 26 billion, we don't need it. Clean the rot first.
 

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Is it only me or does this Mayor sound like she is way out of her depth? There is just something about her that does not inspire confidence. There was an air of positivity around Mashaba, he was responsive and he looked very much in control, I really don't know about this one, maybe she was removed too soon from the MMC position.
 

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Is it only me or does this Mayor sound like she is way out of her depth? There is just something about her that does not inspire confidence. There was an air of positivity around Mashaba, he was responsive and he looked very much in control, I really don't know about this one, maybe she was removed too soon from the MMC position.
Just you.

Like any great politician she has created an excuse for failing on her deliverables.
 

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Here's a suggestion, spend the 1 billion upgrading the metering system to allow inverters to communicate with the grid. Then offer market rates to residential/commercial properties to be net producers of energy. If a local transformer is taking too much load from solar, the grid can tell the inverter to throttle back. Aim for a system that charges batteries during off-peak and sell the stored energy during peak. Best part is that it's all paid for (except smart grid) by the private sector, so keep your 26 billion, we don't need it. Clean the rot first.
My suggestion: Use a few million of the R1b to get rid of dead weight in the personnel at the electrical services- and billing and finances and law enforcement departments. The required R26b will come down significantly and the funds will start flowing in.
 

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My suggestion: Use a few million of the R1b to get rid of dead weight in the personnel at the electrical services- and billing and finances and law enforcement departments. The required R26b will come down significantly and the funds will start flowing in.
Technically she cannot do much about the staff at electrical services, City Power is a company with it's own management, it might be owned by the city but politicians cannot just interfere as they wish, at best she can jump on the back of the management of the entity and refuse to get off until they sort the mess out, but she will have to get the support of the rest of the MayCo and council.

Now that's when what the ANC said about the coalition being a bunch of drunks with nothing in common would tend to have some slight truth to it, every one of the parties have their own ideas and will never pull in one direction, they are busy fighting about the municipal manager as well as Shadrack Sibiya, unfortunately it is always politics that get priority over service delivery, until that is taken care of we are going nowhere slowly.
 

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Technically she cannot do much about the staff at electrical services, City Power is a company with it's own management, it might be owned by the city but politicians cannot just interfere as they wish, at best she can jump on the back of the management of the entity and refuse to get off until they sort the mess out, but she will have to get the support of the rest of the MayCo and council.

Now that's when what the ANC said about the coalition being a bunch of drunks with nothing in common would tend to have some slight truth to it, every one of the parties have their own ideas and will never pull in one direction, they are busy fighting about the municipal manager as well as Shadrack Sibiya, unfortunately it is always politics that get priority over service delivery, until that is taken care of we are going nowhere slowly.
City Power should be dissolved. There's a 1 billion saving right there.
 

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Start by cutting all free power! How difficult can that be?


Ohhhhh wait: the ANC promised us free power
 

rvZA

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Tsek! Go print money at the government printers and pay with that.
 

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Just use the R26b as an incentive to install home solar.

Using R26b to fund a 30% subsidy they could convert 60% of rate payers to Solar PV + Lithium and they will never need CityPower again.
 

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Just use the R26b as an incentive to install home solar.

Using R26b to fund a 30% subsidy they could convert 60% of rate payers to Solar PV + Lithium and they will never need CityPower again.
Now why would they pay people to not buy their over/under-charged* electricity?
*: Pun/double meaning intended.
 

OhYeah84

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It's simple...raise rates for no reason other than to punish...I mean, generate the required revenue.

It's the DA way.
 
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