Tag: Western Cape
Pioneering blade painting for avifauna mitigation successfully implemented
EIMS Africa’s portfolio company, Umoya Energy Wind Farm, situated on the West Coast (Western Cape), has taken the lead on improving the country’s wind industry approach to conserving avifauna. Previously known as Hopefield Wind Farm, the country’s first REIPPPP project, the wind farm has successfully implemented blade painting, as a mitigation measure.Continue reading View more
Celebrating a Decade of The Cape Wine Auction
One of the world’s most renowned charity wine auctions, The Cape Wine Auction (CWA), returns in 2023, marking the 10th anniversary since its launch in 2014.Continue reading View more
Premier’s Western Cape Energy Council seeks to make province energy resilient
This week, Premier Alan Winde hosted the first meeting of his newly established Energy Council. The meeting was held against the backdrop of the first round of stage 6 loadshedding for 2023, not even two weeks into the new year, and before intensive energy users have restarted operations.
The Council laid out the foundations for how it will be constituted and has fleshed out its priorities; namely to ensure that the Western Cape is energy resilient. Former Eskom manager Alwie Lester – who has been appointed as an energy advisor in the Office of the Premier was also officially introduced to other Council officials. “Mr. Lester has wasted no time and has hit the ground running,” the Premier pointed out.
“Urgency is required if we are to save our economy and push ahead with our Growth For Jobs strategy. Loadshedding is costing South Africa and our province billions in lost opportunities. It is conservatively estimated that stage 6 loadshedding is costing South Africa between four and six billion rand per day,” stressed the Premier. He added, “The urgency needed to address this catastrophe is painfully absent at national government. The Western Cape has to become independent of Eskom as quickly as possible”.
At the gathering a plan of action, both medium and long-term – was discussed, involving whatever resources the Western Cape Government (WCG) has at its disposal.
The council has resolved that:
- its work must be data-driven;
- a broad energy mix must be considered;
- all viable opportunities must be explored; and
- the most vulnerable in the province must always be borne in mind as they are suffering the most as a result of relentless power cuts, which are predicted to worsen this year.
“The same response the Western Cape Government applied to fight Covid-19 must be used in addressing the energy crisis.”View more