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Cape Town Stockpiling Diesel For Winter

The City of Cape Town is spending hundreds of millions of rands stockpiling diesel for the winter months ahead.

Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the possibility of the Eskom plunging the country into Stage 8 power cuts is very real.

Electricity consumption traditionally spikes in winter and the City of Cape Town wants to shield residents and businesses from crippling blackouts.

Hill-Lewis says the city is keeping one of its units at Steenbras Dam in reserve for extra capacity.

Should Stage 8 become a reality, South Africans will be without power for up 14 hours.