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President undertakes Northern Cape Imbizo and visit to Redstone Thermal Power Plant

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will on 20 and 21 October 2022 lead a District Development Model Presidential Imbizo in the Northern Cape province.
 
This 5th Presidential Imbizo will take place under the theme Leave No One Behind and will enable community members and stakeholder groups to interact with the President and leaders from all three spheres of government.
 
The community engagement will take place on Friday, 21 October 2022, at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington, where community members of surrounding district will be able to voice questions and proposals on how service delivery can be improved to better meet the needs of residents.

The Northern Cape DDM Presidential Imbizo will help to identify issues in the the ZF Mgcawu District that may hamper service delivery and economic opportunities. This consultative forum will also  showcase successful projects and allow government leaders to share information with residents.
 
The Imbizo will be preceded by the President’s visit to the Redstone Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Thermal Plant in Postmasburg, on Thursday, 20 October 2022.
 
The project forms part of the South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) which aims to bring additional megawatts onto the country’s electricity system through private sector investment in wind, biomass and small hydro, among others.

At a national level the REIPPP comprises of 92 projects across the country with a collective generation capacity of 6 296MW to which the Northern Cape’s contributes 3 563MW with 3 249MW already operational.
 
The Redstone CSP Plant makes up 100 MW of the remaining 314 MW that is under construction.
 
The plant was presented at the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSA) in 2020 and forms part of the gazetted Strategic Integrated Project (SIP 8) which deals with the escalation of regulatory approvals and the unblocking of development challenges in line with the Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014.
 
The President’s programme in the Northern Cape will be as follows:
Date: Thursday, 20 October 2022
Time: 11H00
Venue: Redstone ACWA Solar Thermal Power Plant, Postmasburg, Tsantasbane Municipality, Northern Cape
 
Date: Friday, 21 October 2022
Time: 10H00
Venue: Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium, Upington, Northern Cape
 
NB: Members of the media who have applied for accreditation to cover the forthcoming Presidential Imbizo are advised to collect accreditation as follows
Date: 18-20 October 2022
Time: 09H00-18H00
Venue: Tol Speelman Civic Centre, Upington
Contact : Morapedi Sekhoane on 078 944 0200


Media enquiries: Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President - 082 835 6315

Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria