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ELECTRICITY & ENERGY
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ELECTRICITY & ENERGY
Mr Peter Neilson
Tel +27 (0) 41 392 4282
Fax + 27 (0) 41 392 4333
Secretary: Lesley Dunderdale
This Directorate supplies electricity to over 297 000 customers within the Nelson Mandela Metro area, and has a turnover of approximately R1 800 000 000 ($US 251 000 000).
This Municipality, like most large urban areas in South Africa, receives power from ESKOM. The incoming voltage is 132 kV and power is distributed, with very low losses, to industrial, commercial and residential consumers at tariffs that are amongst the lowest in the world. Two gas turbines are available to supply the CBD with power in the event of an incoming supply failure.
A pilot project is currently underway to determine the efficiency of dimming streetlights within the city. A recently undertaken demand-side management feasibility study has indicated that significant savings in overall supply costs can still be effected, and appropriate steps are therefore to be taken to maximise these savings.
Since the 1990s, electricity has been made available each year to thousands of low-income families who previously had to rely on other fuels for lighting and cooking. Prepayment meters, which have been made available to ease budgeting, are now used by 77% of domestic customers. A limited supply (75 kWh / month) is currently provided at no cost to approximately 78 000 indigent families.
THERE ARE FOUR (4) SUB - DIRECTORATES WITHIN ELECTRICITY
Retail & Commercial Management