CAPE TOWN-According to Premier Alan Winde in his State of the Province address, the Western Cape will be the first province in the country to beat load shedding and is already making progress in achieving this goal. Winde said: “We launched our Municipal Energy Resilience Project at the end of last year, which will help municipalities take the steps necessary to generate, procure and sell their own power.”
“As part of the first phase, the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and the Provincial Treasury, has already undertaken an evaluation process with all the municipalities in order to determine their readiness for and select those that may be the initial drivers of new energy opportunities.” Winde met with the President’s Head of Investment and Infrastructure Office, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, during meetings this week to discuss infrastructure problems, including the procurement of power for emergency/risk reduction.
On the main transport issue, Winde said: “Last year, I announced that we would begin an initial engagement with our partners and other stakeholders to create a single transportation authority for the greater Cape Town region, something that all modern cities have.”
But, sadly, this is not a simple remedy. In the longer term, it will take time, planning and, of course, support.