Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Cllr Parks Tau has launched the construction of the Lufhereng Substation.
The R260 million construction of this substation will enable City Power to provide additional electricity capacity for new and existing customers in the area.
The substation’s generation capacity of 125 MVA will supply over 22 500 residential and business properties. The investment follows the City of Johannesburg budget allocation from MMC of Finance Cllr Geoffrey Makhubo earlier this year.
“The new substation of Lufhureng will increase the security of electricity supply in Johannesburg. New technologies installed include compact switch gear using gas for insulation, which will reduce fire hazard,” said Sicelo Xulu, Managing Director of City Power.
“Security lighting and access control will monitor all movement in and out of the substation, to help minimise vandalism, theft and equipment damage. This will enable City Power to operate more efficiently will further ensure business continuity and boost our ability to keep the lights on for the residents of Johannesburg.”
Approximately 120 job opportunities were created on this project, with labour sourced from local communities close to the construction sites.
The utility is working towards the creation of a sustainable, liveable and resilient city for all Johannesburg residents, in alignment with the Joburg 2040 Vision, which dictates that we deliver services infrastructure with the capacity to respond to unexpected events.
At the same time these services and infrastructure should serve as a catalyst to a good quality of life, clean air, food, safety and cultural expression for all residents.