Thursday, 21 April 2022 17:25

Phalatse commits to stabilise Joburg electricity supply amid rolling blackouts.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

City of Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has vowed to stabilise electricity supply amid rolling blackouts in the city.

Phalatse delivered her maiden State of the City Address on Thursday morning.

She said the city of Joburg will host an energy indaba in May.

"To stabilise electricity supply in the city, MMC (for environment and infrastructure Michael) Sun led the approval of the city's sustainable energy strategy in January.

"To support this work, the multi-party government will be hosting and energy indaba in the month of May, gathering all relevant and related stakeholders for their collective input into resolving Johannesburg's energy crisis, a move which will see us introducing an energy mix, partnering with Independent Power Producers and small-scale energy generators, reducing our reliance on Eskom, and ending these rolling blackouts.

"In the meantime, City Power has extended its power purchase agreement with Kelvin by 24 months, maintaining security and reliability of supply to our customers currently supplied by the Kelvin Power Station."

Fleurhof, which is one of the worst-affected areas in the city, will soon have a new substation.  

Phalatse said the construction of the substation in the area is nearing completion. 

"The construction of the Fleurhof substation is almost complete. This substation will supply power to units that are yet to be electrified in Fleurhof and surrounding areas." 

Supply of clean running water, provision of housing, fixing of roads and other infrastructure, as well as improving the city’s financial position, were other priorities Phalatse said would be prioritised under her tenure.

Phalatse became the first democratically elected female executive mayor after her party secured a 26% win during last year’s local government elections – relegating the ANC to minority benches. 

The administration's ability to deliver services is directly linked to how well the city's entities are run. For this reason, Phalatse said they ought to establish good governance as the gold standard.

"Building something great, and something that will last forever, requires us to all consistently play our part towards fulfilling our vision of building a city of golden opportunities."

Phalatse's address is expected to be debated in the council chambers on Friday.