City Power says it wanted to shield Johannesburg residents from power cuts, as its agreement with the Kelvin power utility enables it to have more generation capacity.

The city entered into a new Power Purchase Agreement with the Kelvin power utility – an independent power producer, earlier this month, to supply additional electricity to Johannesburg households and businesses.


However Eskom is currently implementing stage 2 load shedding across the country and Joburg residents will not be spared.

City Power Spokesperson, Isaac Mangena says they will comply with the load shedding that Eskom is implementing to protect the national power grid.

“Our decision not to load shed was based on the technical advice that we will be able to offset stage one and stage 2 with the extra capacity that we received through the power purchasing agreement with Kelvin. However we met Eskom on Sunday where they presented a valid case on why the city should comply and assist in their capacity challenges which forces them to load shed. We have agreed with Eskom that we will explore technical solutions that will see City of Johannesburg in future”

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Meanwhile, Eskom’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Oberholzer says the power utility is working closely with the Electoral Commission to seek ways of reducing risks of load shedding during the forthcoming local government elections.