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Chamber Welcomes Electricity Reforms

2022-07-27

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We welcome President Ramaphosa’s announcement to implement wide ranging reforms for the electricity supply industry.  We are particularly encouraged that steps will be taken to improve performance of the power stations, recruit key skills and remove the licensing threshold for embedded generation.

As a precursor to this, the Chamber has already established a renewable energy cluster with the focus on consolidating the electricity requirements of some of the largest manufacturers in Nelson Mandela Bay in order to achieve the required scale and efficiencies to secure solar and or wind power.  This collaborative initiative will be important in helping to secure stable electricity supply, while at the same time reducing the carbon footprints of manufacturers.

Although our initial focus lies with high-energy industrial users, we foresee that this initiative could in the longer term, also benefit mid-sized manufacturers, shopping malls, hotels, and eventually small businesses and residences, thus reducing the strain on the national grid.

Ultimately our vision is for businesses to become more self-reliant and sustainable, while enhancing the attractiveness of Nelson Mandela Bay as an investment destination and securing jobs and job creation prospects.

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