Westen Cape Social Development puts plans in place to mitigate effects of power outages – SABC News

The Western Cape Department of Social Development said it had several contingency plans in place to mitigate the effects of power outages at its service delivery facilities.

These include providing generators at its centers and facilities and increasing home visits by social workers during scheduled blackouts.

Department spokesman Joshua Chigome said this was to ensure the continuation of social work services and additional safety measures at their service delivery points.

“We wish to alert all residents that our services will remain operational during scheduled load shedding (rolling breakdowns). However, we ask our customers to be patient with us if they experience delays in accessing services during these times.

Call for tenders for IPPs

Meanwhile, in Cape Town, the city in February opened the tender process for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to purchase 300 megawatts of electricity.

This was announced by Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis during the Solar Power Africa conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Hill-Lewis said electricity purchased from IPPs will help provide an affordable and reliable electricity grid.

In a statement also released in February, Hill-Lewis said: “It has become clear to Cape Town that if we are to end the damage caused by Eskom’s monopoly on power generation, we must take things in hand. The only way for us to provide reliable and affordable electricity to our residents is to source it elsewhere.

The Cape Town mayor also highlighted the implications of the power outages.

“We must never forget that any load shedding has a significant cost for South Africans.”

“Shedding means real businesses fail. Shedding means losing jobs. Shedding makes the possibility of a meaningful economic recovery increasingly remote,” he added.

In the report below, Hill-Lewis states that Cape Town aims to be the first South African city to be blackout-free:

-Additional reporting by Corbin August

Joel C. Hicks