The Sister March Cape Town is now officially affiliated with The Women’s March
on Washington and will take place on Saturday, 21st January, in solidarity with the
Washington march and sister marches taking place in 400 cities world wide
Liziwe McDaid attending the open government partnership (OGP) in Paris. Much discussion about service delivery.
Screening of the Smart Electricity workshop, held at AIDC in Cape Town on Friday 11 January will be screened on Tuesday 5th February at 12:30pm.
A repeat will be broadcast on Thursday 7th February at 07:00.
Don’t miss this programme!!
The Smart Electricity Workshops
Civil society, NGO’s and CBO’s attended workshops in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg to assist in preparation for the NERSA hearings which will be held countrywide.
See relevant and informative documents below for your information.
Energy Policy Timeline
MYPD Cape Town workshop preparation for NERSA
MYPD3 submission – EGI-SA Nov2012
Preparation for NERSA DBN workshop
Submission to NERSA from SAFCEI
What is ESKOM asking for?
Liz McDaid presented on 15 January on behalf of SAFCEI and Robert Fischer (Project90x2030) presented on behalf of the EGI-SA.
SAFCEI is part of the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI-SA).
NERSA MYPD3 presentation 15 January 2013 – Cape Town
The National Electricity Regulator of SA (NERSA) is due to hold public hearings on Eskom’s appeal for a rise in electricity prices that could see current consumer tariffs escalate with over a 100% in the next three years.
With domestic consumers and especially the poor already buckling under recent increases, it is imperative that we highlight alternatives, particularly the Smart Electricity Scenario being developed by the Electricity Governance Initiative (EIG-SA).
NERSA’s countrywide provincial hearings will kick off on
15 January 2013 in Cape Town.
The meeting will hear presentations on the preliminary findings of the Smart Electricity Scenario, which we believe can meet our electricity demand through saving electricity, and over time, replacing our current coal and nuclear power stations with renewable energy. The plan is also aimed at advancing a Just Transition to a new energy future, in the process creating sustainable jobs and improving the living conditions and opportunities of the poor – all at a lower cost to the fiscus and the environment than the government’s official electricity plan (Integrated Resource Plan 2010) is projected to cost.
The smart electricity plan was drafted by a collective of organisations who are all part of the Electricity Governance initiative (EIG-SA). SAFCEI is part of this collective, as is 350.org. project90x2030, Gender CC, and The Green Connection.
Workshops will be held in:
Durban on 10 January 2013
Cape Town on 11 January 2013
Johannesburg on 21 January 2013
If you are interested in attending, please contact Roshan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited so respond now!
Thursday 23rd August saw more than 40 people sharing ideas and strategies about electricity pricing and the governance of the electricity prices.
The workshop focused on the following: Do you wonder why our electricity prices are rising so steeply? Do we need all these power stations and gridlines we hear about on tv and in newspapers? Do we have to have nuclear and fracking? And does it have to cost so much? Is it possible to supply our electricity in a more affordable way? Does Eskom have any other option?
How do issues like corruption, lack of information, and lack of skilled people impact on electricity prices? Is there anything we can do about it?
Facilitator, Liz McDaid, emphasised that citizens need to understand the democratic government structures and how to engage in order to raise our issues, even though public participation opportunities are not offered pro-actively. However, voices from the floor pointed out that raising our voices does not always mean that they are heard, and most people did not know how to find information on how to participate. There was general agreement that the information gained in the workshop needs to reach more people.
Participants from the workshop identified a number of follow up actions that they would take forward after the workshop.
EGI report – Atlantis workshop October 2012
A threat to good governance in SA- article March 2012
EGI briefing – REBID summary for workhops including appendix table
Electricity and Public Interest 10Qs draft 20th August 2012
How does buying renewable energy lead to higher or lower prices
Renewable Energy is a new concept for South African decision-makers. While renewable energy is gaining its share of the world’s energy mix, South Africa has been very slow to follow this trend…….
In order to strengthen the democratic processes of public engagement in parliament, increased resources need to be made available to build capacity of both parliamentarians and research staff. Such capacity should not duplicate knowledge and expertise available in civil society but be used to meaningfully engage with such local knowledge in order to strengthen transparent and effective decision-making”.
Liz McDaid, The Green Connection
EGI Policy brief:
Benchmarking best practice and promoting accountability in the electricity sector: A comparison of processes for incorporating public comment into electricity governance.