Cape Town - Areas hard hit by gang violence may soon be exempted from load shedding, says the City of Cape Town.
JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security, has called for the urgent consideration of this exemption for Manenberg, Ottery and Hanover Park following attacks in that area over the weekend.
“I have requested the utility services directorate to investigate the possibility of exempting these areas completely, or to try and limit load shedding to daylight hours. If not, I am hopeful that we can at least ensure that the street lights remain on.”
Smith said there were also incidents where staff were fired at while doing crime prevention operations in hot spot areas during load shedding.
“The metro police gang and drug task team has indicated that working under circumstances with severe gang violence is challenging enough as it is, but that the loss of street lights at night during serious gang violence makes it virtually impossible to work,” said Smith.
He added that the exemption would have financial implications for the city and would probably require changes to the electricity infrastructure.
The city’s utility services directorate did not say, at the time of going to press, whether other areas would have to endure additional load shedding.
Smith said Manenberg, Ottery and Hanover Park needed urgent attention, but other areas affected by crime would be considered.
According to national regulation NRS048-9, the following areas in Cape Town currently do not experience load shedding:
* Melomed Gatesville.
* Bellville CBD – includes two state hospitals, Telkom international data centre, eye hospital, and two private hospitals.
* Tygerberg Hospital.
* Bellville South Industrial area – most of these consumers partake in the voluntary load curtailment programme.
* Tyger Valley, Cape Gate and Willow Bridge.
* Afrox, Kuils River – national oxygen supplier.
* Claremont Central Business District.
* Newlands Control Centre – load shedding switching centre.
* Newlands Cricket Stadium – during fixtures October to January and February.
* Newlands Rugby Stadium – during fixtures March/April to September/October.
* Jan Smuts, parts of Athlone – Athlone waste water treatment works, Langa sewerage pumps.
* Atlantis Industrial.
* Atlantis Residential – technical problems on restoration of supply.
* Groote Schuur Hospital.
* Red Cross Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital
* Pelican Park, parts of Strandfontein, parts of Mitchells Plain – Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works.
* Paarden Eiland – Paarden Eiland Water Pump Station.
* Epping Industrial.
* Cape Town CBD – central business district, Somerset and Christiaan Barnard hospitals.
* Mitchells Plain – Town Centre, Promenade, SAPS, courts.