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‘Municipal infrastructure causes power cuts’

Politics

Johannesburg - Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has blamed municipal infrastructure for some of the power cuts in the country.

“Power disruptions are not necessarily… (because of) load-shedding, but in some instances are due to municipal infrastructure failures,” Joemat-Petterson said at The New Age breakfast briefing on Monday.

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Media Advisory 26 February 2013 BRICS Inter-Ministerial Committee Member, Minister Joemat-Pettersson, to address roadshow in the Northern Cape The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who also serves as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on BRICS, will address the Northern Cape Province’s BRICS roadshow. The purpose of the roadshow is to raise public awareness around the importance of South Africa’s membership of the BRICS and the benefits thereof. BRICS is an acronym for the powerful grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS mechanism aims to achieve peace, security, development and cooperation. MEDIA ARE INVITED AS FOLLOWS: Date: Thursday, 28 February 2013 Venue: Christian Revival Church, Kimberley All media are invited. For more information on the BRICS, please visit the official Summit website at www.brics5.co.za RSVP: Curtis Singo, [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> / 072 625 7060 Enq: Nelson Kgwete, +27 76 431 3078 Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation OR Tambo Building 460 Soutpansberg Road Rietondale Pretoria

She said energy security would improve.

“Our energy security will improve once we are able to resolve municipal electricity distribution problems, including eliminating tariff discrepancies… and improving revenue collection.”

Joemat-Pettersson said the rehabilitation of infrastructure would reduce power cuts and improve service delivery. - Sapa

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