City of Cape Town funds electricity connections

Committed to its people

The City of Cape Town is currently funding over 20 000 electricity connections

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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