Eskom & SALGA to address energy challenges

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Eskom and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) have signed an agreement) to foster an active partnership.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by SALGA’s chief executive officer Xolilie George and Eskom’s group executive for distribution, Ayanda Noah, and will aim to address both electricity distribution and operational challenges.

“It is more than a commitment to collaborate – it spells out the nature of active partnering which includes the establishment of working groups to address specific financial, legal, regulatory, operational and administrative challenges,” said Eskom in a statement.

The parties will also establish a Programme Management Office (PMO) which will see Eskom and SALGA official execute work plans.

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The PMO will focus on aligning Eskom plans with that of the municipalities, technical skills development and rescue plans when needed. Municipalities will also be allowed to enrol in Eskom’s Academy of Learning and Leadership Institute to train on technical and financial courses.

“SALGA has committed to taking a robust approach on actions to deal with the various operational challenges that impede the provision of basic electricity services at local level,” continued the statement.

“Both Eskom and SALGA are making a call upon all stakeholders to support this important initiative that seeks to promote and enhance the long-term sustainability of South Africa’s electricity distribution industry.”

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