The Gauteng High Court has reserved judgement in the City of Cape Town’s application to buy electricity from independent power producers, on Tuesday.

The City is seeking clarity on whether municipalities are lawfully entitled to procure energy.

It also asks for a declaratory order that will enable the City to choose the type of power it sells to residents, including power from renewables.

The City has criticized the Draft New Generation Capacity Regulations that were published last week.

The draft which is out for public comment, intends to address electricity supply problem in the country.

Mayor Dan Plato says they’re able to buy power from IPPs.

“We are not only doing this for Cape Town but for all municipalities because local context and planning should also form part of the decision-making process,”