Rustenburg NERSA compliance audit to take place following DA pressure

Issued by Cllr Luan Snyders – DA Councillor: Rustenburg Local Municipality
02 May 2024 in Press Statements

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The DA in the Rustenburg Local Municipality welcomes NERSA’s expected compliance audit that will take place between May 14 and 16 May 2024 recognising the municipality as the electricity distribution licensee following continuous DA pressure.

Residents of Ward 43 have been suffering from persistent power failures stemming from illegal connections in Karlien Park, Zinnaiville, and surrounding areas of Seralen. The DA submitted a request to NERSA for intervention in addressing the deteriorating electricity supply in Ward 43.

Despite ongoing appeals to the municipality to enforce municipal bylaws and prevent nuisance trips and overloads of mini substations and transformers, the municipality has incurred significant costs of R30 million in repairs and maintenance over the past three years and an overall annual electricity loss of nearly R200 million. Additionally, the area has experienced a rise in cable faults in Karlien Park and Zinniaville due to overloading and aging infrastructure, exacerbated by the thousands of illegal connections on the grid.

The residents of Rustenburg deserve a DA government that will prioritise electricity supply.

By voting DA on 29 May 2024, we can rescue South Africa’s electrical infrastructure and ensure a more sustainable supply of electricity for all South Africans.