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CT to become less reliant on Eskom

Officials on Tuesday attended an energy efficiency forum where various interventions were discussed.

FILE: The City of Cape Town says it's working on become less reliant on Eskom as a result of the parastatal’s power crisis. Picture: Free Images

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it's working on become less reliant on Eskom as a result of the parastatal's power crisis.

Officials on Tuesday attended an energy efficiency forum where various interventions to minimize the effect of power outages were discussed.

The city says load shedding costs the municipality at least R1 billion a month.

Cape Town Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson says the unreliability of electricity has the private sector worried.

"It impacts on business to operate, it's having severe economic consequences and also impacting assurance we can give investors."

Speaking at the city's energy efficiency forum on Tuesday, Neilson denied the gathering was just another talk shop.

He says the city is strongly considering buying natural gas from offshore suppliers which will make the municipality more independent and less reliant on Eskom supplied power.