Cape Town SA : Why the Silicon Cape is Not Affected by Eskom’s Load Shedding
Cape Town is ranked as the best city in South Africa for entrepreneurial start ups, whilst standing out in the 60th position along with global counterparts and competitors. Fortunately for Cape Town and West Cape residents, Eskom controls only 25% of the electrical power produced by the national power grid in the Mpumalanga coalfields. Additionally, the city draws about 5% of its power supply from the Koeberg Nuclear Power Plant in the West Coast outside the city center. As it is, Cape Town runs its own power distribution network, supplying the remaining uninterrupted 75% of electricity to the city’s businesses and residents.
Since Eskom can control only 25% of the power produced by the Mpumalanga power station, load shedding events remain at Stage 1 category. This means Cape Town’s participation in the load distribution activities involve minimal amounts for the least period [….]