Over 27 per cent of the bulk transformers operate beyond their useful lifespan. The current electrical infrastructure backlog sits at a staggering R19 billion.
This is according to the MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, councillor Nico de Jager. He also explained that the City of Johannesburg is facing major challenges with respect to ageing power infrastructure.
“This is one of the key areas on which the multi-party government seeks to make an impact through Diphetogo (a Sotho word meaning real or fundamental change). This is the fundamental change we wish to bring to the City of Johannesburg,” he said.
De Jager further explained that, in the 2018/ 2019 financial year, City Power has been allocated a R1 billion capital budget. This is a 25 per cent increase from the 2017/ 2018 budget.
Over the next three years, the focus of City Power’s capital investment strategy will be completing a number of refurbishments and buildings of key substations, replacement of ageing transformers, switchgear and transmission lines.
· Roosevelt Park
· Eldorado Park
· Wilro Park
· Lutz Substation
Upgrades to these facilities will stabilise the City Power’s infrastructure.“This is part of our commitment to ensuring that the City of Johannesburg shines brightly at night once more and brings safety and security to the neighbourhoods in desperate need,” he added.
Residents are urged to assist the City to reduce the high electricity demand by doing the following:
· Switch off electric geysers during the day when there is no need for hot water.
· Switch off all electricy appliances when they are not in use.
· Switch off lights and heaters in all rooms that are not occupied.
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