City of Cape Town funds electricity connections

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The City of Cape Town is currently funding over 20 000 electricity connections
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As part of the City of Cape Town’s redress policy, and its continued efforts to make Cape Town a Caring and Opportunity City for all residents, the city is currently funding over 20 000 Eskom electricity connections in informal settlements and Temporary Relocation Areas. 

“Of the 20 000 City-funded Eskom connections, approximately 8 800 have been completed with close to another 12 000 planned,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg. 

Over and above this, there are approximately 7 500 connections planned for City supply areas in this financial year. In the City’s electricity supply areas there have been approximately 21 000 new subsidised electricity connections between 2006/2007 and 2012/13.

Eskom’s supply areas include parts of Philippi, the majority of Khayelitsha, Blue Downs, and parts of Mfuleni as well as Dunoon and Atlantis. 

The current city-funded Eskom projects underway or recently completed include:

  • Phases 1 – 3 in Enkanini in Khayelitsha: approximately 10 600 connections will be completed, with 1 850 having been connected so far. Eskom envisions electrifying another 700 to 800 households in the next two months in completion of Phase 2. Construction on Phase 3 will start in the next two months and approximately 3 500 households will receive electricity between June and November 2014. Roll-out will continue until 2015.
  • Phola Park and Never-Never, Philippi: approximately 1 560 connections completed.
  • Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha: just over 460 City-funded connections have been completed.
  • Bosasa, Mfuleni: approximately 1 000 connections planned for construction towards the end of 2013.
  • Fisantekraal informal settlement: approximately 1 300 connections due to commence in first half of this financial year.
  • Other areas include Delft, Happy Valley, Wolwerivier and Nomzamo.

“The City is committed to improving the lives of all our residents and electrification is a fundamental part of doing so. We are grateful for the partnerships we have developed with Eskom and, most importantly, the communities to make this happen,” said Councillor Sonnenberg.

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