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Biggest South African City Seeks Power Supply From Private Firms

  • Jonnesburg aims to avert power cuts, municipality’s mayor says
  • City has $18.3 billion infrastructure backlog, Phalatse says
Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has subjected the country to rolling blackouts since 2008.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has subjected the country to rolling blackouts since 2008.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Johannesburg’s municipality intends buying 500 megawatts of electricity from independent producers to help avert ongoing power outages in South Africa’s biggest city. 

A request for proposals is awaiting approval from the National Treasury and should be issued within weeks, Mpho Phalatse, Johannesburg’s mayor, said in an interview at Bloomberg’s Johannesburg offices on Monday.