Integrated energy centre launched

November 8th, 2016, Published in Articles: Energize

 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 19: Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Pettersson delivers her department’s budget vote in Parliament on May 19, 2015 I Cape Town, South Africa. Joemat-Pettersson says resolving the country's electricity crisis is at the top of government's priority list. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Denvor de Wee)

Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the minister of energy, launched an integrated energy centre in Limpopo recently. The centre aims to improve access to energy in rural areas and takes the form of a one-stop energy shop owned and operated by a community cooperative.

The Ngwaabe Integrated Energy Centre (IeC) at the Feta-Kgomo Greater Tubatse municipality was launched in partnership with Shell SA and is one of many the government plans to establish.

The IeCs address a need for increased affordable energy services to disadvantaged communities to stimulate economic development by creating an investor-friendly climate, and securing energy supply by encouraging a diversity of energy participants.

Noting the critical role of energy in improving the quality of people’s lives, IeCs are targeted at rural areas which are generally plagued by energy poverty. To date there are nine operational centres in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Northern Cape provinces, while more are in the pipeline and will be announced soon. The Ngwaabe IeC provides employment for 16 local residents.

Contact Department of Energy, Tel 012 406-7481, mediadesk@energy.gov.za

 

 

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