Premier Alan Winde called an urgent Provincial Cabinet meeting after Eskom had to implement stage 6 rolling power cuts. The purpose of the gathering was to update the province’s contingency plan in the event of severe loadshedding.
The Western Cape Government (WCG) is prepared on all fronts should loadshedding at this level continue. Although it is unlikely at this stage, our plans are continuously being updated and are intact should the situation worsen,” said the Premier.
He stressed: “It is critical that we are ready for any eventuality to ensure service delivery continues, especially across critical platforms.”
The Premier assured residents: “With the support of our incredibly strong Disaster Management Team, the WCG has a thorough contingency plan in place. We have planned for various scenarios, and we are constantly upping our game.”
The Provincial Disaster Management Centre (PDMC) has been planning for all scenarios for years.
Premier Winde added: “Having been briefed by PDMC officials today I feel confident that the Western Cape is prepared. We are also working with National Government Departments to ameliorate the risks that come with power cuts.”
The Premier told the Cabinet the Provincial Government must lead from the front in saving electricity. He said: “Apart from having a good plan in place, all of us in the Western Cape need to intensify energy reduction measures, now, to contribute to reduced pressure on the grid.”
As we navigate our way through this latest series of power cuts, the Premier has appealed to Western Cape residents to use electricity sparingly.
Here are some basic energy-saving tips for residents:
- Switch off all appliances at the wall and pull out chargers. This could save up to 6% on electricity costs;
- Turn down geyser temperatures to 60 degrees Celsius. This can save up to 5% on one’s electricity bill;
- Fit geysers with geyser blankets to prevent heat loss;
- Replace ordinary lightbulbs with energy-saving ones;
- Set pool pumps to run fewer hours.
These everyday measures are what citizens can do to help protect the province from more severe loadshedding.
“While the energy crisis generally places us all under strain, I am hopeful that we will get through this with the same fortitude that we, as a collective, got through Covid-19,” Premier Winde urged the province’s residents.
He continued: “In the interim, I have also tasked various teams to look into medium-term solutions to bolster energy security even further. The WCG is doing everything in its power – from short to medium to long term interventions, to find solutions to this crisis.”
This includes looking at ways for the Provincial Government to enable businesses and citizens to procure additional power.
The Premier emphasised: “We will help Eskom wherever we can. We must support the power utility.”
The Premier is in regular contact with Eskom Group Chief Executive Andre de Ruyter to stay abreast of the situation.