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Cape Town Mayor Vows to Take Minister to Court Over Energy Management

The City of Cape Town is preparing to take legal action against the energy minister over where it receives its electricity supply from, mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.

The city would fight for its right to purchase renewable energy directly from independent power producers (IPP), she told a Cape Town Climate Change Coalition meeting.

"We are doing this not just because we want to buy electricity from IPPs, but because we believe that the whole institutional regime governing energy in the country is completely outdated and needs to be reformed."

The coalition consists of the private sector, governmental and non-governmental organisations, researchers and educators.

De Lille said the city council would soon adopt a draft climate change policy.

David Stanley

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