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COCT looks to renewable energy to end loadshedding

Following the power cuts that occurred over the weekend, the City of Cape Town (COCT) is determined to gain the right to secure and sell its own renewable energy. Thanks to the hydro-power generating plant at the Steenbras dam, the metro’s customers were not affected by the blackouts, reports EWN.

Executive director for energy and climate, Kadri Nassiep said the use of renewables plays a part in the newly elected mayor, Geordin Hill Lewis’s campaign promises.

Nassiep said: “The mayor, in his campaign, I think alluded very strongly to ending load shedding. I think he might even agree that it’s his number one priority for the administration.”

Nassiep further added that the city is also looking to consider implementing smart home devices that could benefit and help the public control their electricity usage better.

Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase in various parts of the country, the COCT has warned Grade 12 learners that finished their final examinations to celebrate responsibly.

According to the COCT, previous years have shown that matriculants prefer to gather in public open spaces or in the CBD to celebrate the end of their final examinations.

The COCT’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said the end of a school career is cause for celebration, particularly the final exams, however, celebrations can go south very quickly.

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