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“Why are we doing this?” – Eskom won’t boost electricity supply in some cities

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At the Constitutional Court, Eskom argued that municipalities that have not yet upgraded their power infrastructure should not be forced to supply more electricity. Transformer explosions are all too common, Eskom said, when a municipality’s power supply exceeds the infrastructure’s capacity to handle it.

Power companies fight municipalities to increase power supply

Eskom opposes residents’ associations that want it to increase electricity supply to the community. Two associations based in Mpumalanga and the Free State prevailed against Eskom in the Supreme Court (SCA).

The Vaal River Development Association and the Lekwa Taxpayers Association were brought before the Constitutional Court by Eskom. Power companies try to quash the SCA’s ruling.

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According to Eskom, the ruling could result in it being successfully sued by the community — even for load shedding. The troubled power company firmly explained that load shedding is in the national grid’s interest.

It further said that load shedding has nothing to do with supply issues facing cities with weak infrastructure.

Association and Eskom

The two residents’ associations won the right to increase electricity supply for the Ngwathe and Lekwa local governments. This means that Eskom needs to supply more electricity than the stipulated electricity supply agreement with the municipality.

Defence lawyer Sydwell Shangisa SC told the Supreme Court that the infrastructure in the cities could not support the additional supply.

“The municipality is consuming more electricity than it needs without concurrently upgrading the infrastructure to make it capable of carrying more loads,”

Shansa Sa said.

Eskom said the infrastructure upgrades needed to support the increased supply would cost millions of rands. Photo: Xosé Rivera/Flickr

Upgrading infrastructure is necessary

Municipalities need to upgrade their infrastructure before adding electricity. According to Eskom, this will cost millions of rands. For example, the local municipality of Lekwa requires R187 million.

Judgment has been reserved in the case, the IOL reported.

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2 Bundesliga Second division team Sandhausen expanded with goalkeeper Rene

Second division football team SV Sandhausen has extended its current contract with goalkeeper Nikolai Renen until June 30, 2023. The club announced on Tuesday. Baden reacted to the long absence of goalkeeper Rick Woolley by signing the 25-year-old last September. Then René played only one game last season in the second division. The goalkeeper is now working on his return after a meniscus injury.

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