Areas in Cape Town affected by gang violence may soon be exempt from load shedding, according to a report by IOL.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith said the city has asked for Manenberg, Ottery, and Hanover Park to be considered for load shedding exemptions, following attacks last weekend.
According to Smith, metro police gang and drug task teams work under tough conditions, which are only made worse when street lights in these areas go out at night due to power cuts.
“I have requested the utility services directorate to investigate the possibility of exempting these areas completely, or to try and limit load shedding to daylight hours,” said Smith.
He admitted this would have an economic impact on the city, and changes to its electricity infrastructure may be needed.
Other areas heavily affected by crime would also be considered.
Cape Town already limits load shedding in certain areas in accordance with regulation NRS048-9 – rendering them exempt from power cuts.