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Western Cape explores collective electricity purchase to combat high tariffs

# The Western Cape is contemplating the establishment of an electricity trading company to procure power from independent producers for municipalities, aiming for lower tariffs. The provincial government is currently assessing feasibility and exploring models for the venture, set to materialise mid-next year. Initial discussions and consultations include strong councils like Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and Saldanha Bay while Drakenstein and Mossel Bay are potential participants. Other municipalities remain sceptic with concerns about the dominance of larger municipalities. Concerns around fair sharing, funding, and potential complexities remain.