Western Cape is opposed to the use of Karpowerships to generate electricity

The Western Cape Government has resolved not to support the use of Karpowerships to generate electricity for the province or country.

The provincial cabinet met yesterday to discuss the energy crisis. The cabinet resolved that future energy generation for the province should come from low-carbon and renewable technologies.

The national government is considering using Karpowerships to generate electricity end loadshedding. According to Premier Alan Winde, Karpowerships are also not good for the environment.

“I do not believe investing vast resources into one company is appropriate and allowing Karpowership SA (Pty) to operate in South Africa for such a long time should not be allowed,” said Premier Alan Winde. “Karpowership SA (Pty) Ltd should not be given the monopoly. If we are to include powerships in our efforts to resolve the energy crisis, we must also consider other companies, and the time period over which they would be utilised must be strictly limited to 5 years, subjected to clear guidelines. This measure should also not negate our investment into ‘green energy’,” he stressed.

“This crisis demands urgent interventions which must be considered in a transparent manner. We must explore all viable and feasible options to end rolling blackouts, but not at the expense of other role players in the energy space who should also be given the opportunity to be a part of the overall solution,” said Premier Alan Winde.


Done by: Alungile Njemla


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