𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟲 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
Loadshedding is back on the schedule this weekend for electricity users who rely on Eskom – 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 – and failing – municipality. What’s driving the sudden interest in Damplaas, as what’s at stake for the farmers and their thousands of workers if SALGA wins the day?