Plan cuts through ’Plain

The planned powerline, which will include pylons, cables and sub-stations, will stretch from Hanover Park to Lentegeur.

Two City of Cape Town directorates have backed a plan to sell vacant municipal land to Eskom for R4.7million so that the utility can run a high-voltage power line through Mitchell’s Plain.

The green light from the management and the assets and facilities management directorates will help to pave the way for a servitude corridor Eskom needs, to build a 400 kilovolt, overhead power line.

Sub-council 23 also supported the application subject to all concerns being addressed.

The servitude corridor will span more than 200 000m² of City-owned properties and will include the establishment of a transmission sub-station (the yet-to-be built Erica sub-station) and the construction of a 400kV power line between Erica sub-station and Philippi sub-station.

The preferred route of the proposed power line will stretch from Erica sub-station, which will border Vanguard Drive (N7) in Hanover Park and continue south-east along Vanguard Drive, all along the Philippi Horticultural Area before cutting east into Mitchell’s Plain. It is expected that the construction of the Erica transmission sub-station as well as the Philippi-Erica 400kV line will be completed by 2021.

The directorates said the transaction should be subject to compliance by Eskom with any and all statutory requirements and that all costs related to the transaction be borne by Eskom.

The valuation of R4.7 million is to be reviewed if not implemented within 18 months from date of evaluation.

The report by the directorates, submitted to Sub-council 23 for comment earlier this month, said the Eskom application was circulated and the various council departments were consulted and had no objection to the proposed servitude as the property was not required for the provision of basic municipal services, was surplus to the requirements of the City and the proposed power line would help to meet increased electricity demand.

However, the Collville Resi-
dents’ Association has objected to the plan, which was discussed at the Sub-council 23 meeting on Tuesday October 2.

Rashmiya Lucas, chairperson of the association, said they objected to the routing of the sub-station and Eskom power line.

“We have suggested that the routing be done through a dual carriageway down Highlands Drive from Jakes Gerwel (Vanguard) Drive to Eisleben. There is traffic congestion between Jakes Gerwel and Eisleben, calming measures need to be taken here as well as the corner of Highlands Drive, close to the Caltex garage.”

She said it (the proposed power line) was dangerous and could cause many problems.

“It is not right that this be put up,” Ms Lucas said.

Elton Jansen, Sub-council 23 chairman and councillor for Ward 43, which includes Strandfontein, Weltevreden Valley (west of Jakes Gerwel Drive and east of Weltevreden Street) and Philippi (Philippi Farms), said proper public consultation was still needed.

“There was a counter recommendation by the public in terms of the route that needs to be taken for the installation of the pylons with no response
or feedback,” said Mr Jansen, adding that the community needed to be appeased that all avenues had been investigated.