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01 March
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐Ÿฒ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฎ. Loadshedding is back on the schedule this weekend for electricity users who rely on Eskom โ€“ a strong argument in favour of becoming self-reliant. After being licenced to set up their own infrastructure, a group of farmers has successfully operated a 320 km power distribution network, dubbed Damplaas Kragbron, for more than 40 years. Now, the system is under threat as the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has launched a court battle to wrest control of the system and place it in the hands of the local โ€“ and failing โ€“ municipality. Whatโ€™s driving the sudden interest in Damplaas, as whatโ€™s at stake for the farmers and their thousands of workers if SALGA wins the day?
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