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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S MAYORAL COMMITTEE FOR INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES; AND ENERGY, COUNCILLOR XANTHEA LIMBERG

The City of Cape Town encourages households, government departments, and businesses to join us in switching off the lights tomorrow evening, 25 March 2017, as we commemorate Earth Hour.

Every year we join millions around the world in renewing our commitment to enhanced resource efficiency by switching off the lights in our own buildings in celebrating Earth Hour between 20:30 and 21:30.

The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, and I will also be signing a pro-renewable energy petition which theWorld Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has drawn up, calling on Eskom to go ahead with the Independent Power Producer’s procurement and connections. This is in line with the City’s commitment to the diversification of our energy mix, among others. The City therefore supports the WWF’s call to transition to renewable resources in generating electricity supply.This year we are not only encouraging energy efficiency through the increased use of renewable energy, but also in the context of our drought crisis, calling on all Capetonians to join us on our journey to becoming a more efficient and resource-sensitive city.

Through our participation in Earth Hour, we hope to motivate Capetonians to help our city to become a low-carbon, more environmentally responsible city.

The City has made considerable attempts to actively address climate change and has demonstrated the exceptional will to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, with initiatives like the retrofitting of City buildings, the installation of more energy-efficient traffic and street lights, our Solar Water Heater Programme, the MyCiTi roll-out, the introduction of cycle lanes, and the active campaign to save electricity.

As a City, we must continue to drive both energy efficiency and the diversification and transformation of our energy regime. As part of our new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we hope to increasingly position ourselves as a centre of excellence for resource efficiency and renewable energy.

Residents can visit www.SavingElectricity.org.za for useful tips and further information on how to save electricity and for more on the City’s accredited solar water heater programme.

For further information on water savings and water restrictions, residents should please visit www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater 

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