- Stellenbosch Municipality is planning on breaking free from Eskom in an attempt to find a permanent solution to load shedding
- An investigation has been launched into alternative energy suppliers to replace Eskom
- Some municipalities already source some of the energy from an independent supplier but Stellenbosch wants to source 100% of its power from alternative sources
Stellenbosch might be the first municipality to overcome load shedding. In fact, they plan to totally eliminate load shedding altogether. The municipality has signed a deal to end its reliance on Eskom for energy and source its own electricity.
Some municipalities do already source their own electricity but they still have to rely on Eskom to make up the difference.
A scientific investigation into alternative energy sources has been launched by the municipality to eventually end Stellenbosch's dependence on Eskom for electricity and the threat of load shedding.
In order to separate itself from Eskom, Stellenbosch will need to find alternative energy suppliers with renewable energy sources on the agenda.
Eskom is not in great shape at the moment as it still recovering from the devastating impact of years of mismanagement according to The South African.
This comes after Eskom and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa reached an agreement on the matter.
NERSA had appealed a ruling in July 2020 that enables Eskom to boost revenue by R69 billion over the course of the next three years.
In other news, Eskom has reduced its workforce by around 2 000 over the past year in an effort to slim down its bloated salary bill.
Despite the reduction, Eskom remains overstaffed, according to its CEO Andre de Ruyter, who says 6 000 fewer employees would be ideal.
De Ruyter revealed this in a panel hosted by the Free Market Foundation, during which he explained that the utility has 44 000 employees when instead it should have 38 000.
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