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Five year energy plan for Cape Town

by Luyanda Makapela
on 09 Apr 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

In an effort to save energy, the City of Cape Town is working on a comprehensive five-year energy plan to save at least 10 percent of the current energy usage by its 3.3 million residents.

The city's Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for the next five years and its draft budget of R19.8 billion for 2008/9 are now open for public comment.

"The five year plan is for the entire Cape Metropole and not just for specific suburbs as a fine balance needs to be struck in allocating scarce resources for key focus areas," said the City's Deputy Mayor Grant Haskin.

He added that the country's current energy crisis has dramatically highlighted the disastrous consequences resulting from poor long-term planning.

The strategy, which slots in with the city's five-year IDP, will be driven by a new council's political oversight committee.

"The budget is integrally linked to the municipality's IDP which commits the city to meeting specific targets over the next five years," said city's IDP Director Martin van der Merwe.

The city, according to its IDP, will institute a five-year Energy Savings Programme, together with the city's Climate Change Strategy and the Cape Town Central City Energy Efficiency initiative.

This programme will implement projects that will aim to save 10 percent of residents and businesses' current energy use.

Projects include energy demand management and offer opportunities for renewable forms of energy.

"The city aims to facilitate, manage and use energy in a way that ensures access to clean, safe and affordable energy for all residents.

"Key to this is vigorous action around energy efficiency and the decoupling of economic growth from resource consumption while steadily increasing the use of clean energy alternatives," said Mr Hoskin.

As public input is crucial for the finalisation of the draft Budget and IDP, the city invites the public to submit comments on both documents by 30 April.

The documents can be viewed at the Cape Town Civic Centre, and at all city libraries and sub-council offices.

"This is an ideal opportunity for the general public to become involved in planning for Cape Town's future and we welcome feedback on the IDP and budget," Mr van der Merwe said.

Written submissions can be posted to the City Manager at Private Bag X9181, Cape Town 8000 or by fax to (021) 400-1332.

Those wishing to make a verbal presentation may book a time slot at their local sub-council office at least two days before the next sub-council meeting.

For more information, please contact the IDP Office at Tel: 0860 103 089 or Fax: (021) 400-5915 / 5881 or e-mail - BuaNews

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