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You Can’t Eat Electricity

Oxfam launched its latest discussion document in its “mind the gap” series on Tuesday evening.  In Johannesburg for the event, Liz McDaid, who co-authored the paper with Oxfam’s Tim Gore, presented the story of Busi, a woman in South Africa struggling to survive in hard economic times.  The paper points out that the government’s policies, meant to ease the plight of the poor, actually drive people deeper into poverty.

To download the full report click here;  You can’t eat Electricity

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The SMART revolution

The Smart Electricity Planning report is a contribution of civil society to the critical discussion about energy choices in South Africa.

Launched on 8th May 2013, the smart report is available. Contact info@thegreenconnection.org.za for a copy.

SMART critiqued the government’s electricity plan (IRP2010), providing a SMART solution that increased energy efficiency, adding more solar and wind energy which increases jobs and keeps the cost of electricity down.

A SMART revolution addresses energy poverty, improves environmental quality, and keeps the lights on now and into the future.

 

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Mind The Gap – Oxfam Public Dialogue

OXFAM INVITES YOU TO THE NEXT PUBLIC DIALOGUE  IN THE

MIND THE GAP SERIES ON A NEW DISCUSSION PAPER

YOU CAN’T EAT ELECTRICITY: HUNGER, INEQUALITY AND LOW CARBON DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA

DATE: 28 MAY 2013, 5.30PM

VENUE: THE HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE ROOM, OLD FORT CONFERENCE CENTRE, CONSTITUTION HILL, 11 KOTZE STREET, JOHANNESBURG , 2000

RSVP: BASHEERAH MOHAMED, bmohamed@oxfam.org.uk BY FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2013

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT RULLESKA SINGH, rsingh@oxfam.org.uk

FOR DIRECTIONS VISIT www.constitutionhill.org.za

PARKING IS AVAILABLE ON JOUBERT STREET ENTRANCE, LEVEL C

 SPEAKERS:

CECIL MORDAN, CHIEF DIRECTOR: ECONOMICS TAX ANALYSIS, NATIONAL TREASURY

NDIVILE MOKOENA, GENDER CC & THE WOMAN ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM (WECCF)

LIZ MCDAID, INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER

 

FACILITATOR: MS NANCY RICHARDS

 

WELCOME DRINKS AND FINGER FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ARRIVAL

PLEASE FORWARD THIS INVITATION TO OTHERS IN YOUR NETWORK

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PROTEST ACTION TO STOP ESKOM AND ITS GREEDY PLAN TO DOUBLE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS – THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY

The poor and working class will bear the brunt of Eskom’s proposed new electricity tariff structure.

Consumer cost escalations of more than a 100% in the next few years is a main feature of Eskom’s latest application to NERSA (NATIONAL ELECTRICITY REGULATOR OF SA).  NERSA’s provincial hearings to consider the application kick of in Cape Town on Tuesday, January 15 and culminate in Johannesburg on January 31.

We cannot allow NERSA to grant Eskom’s application without a thorough review of national energy and resource plans. Failing a reconsideration of the greedy and corporatist management of South Africa’s energy resources – past, present and future – we all stand to lose: Climate Change, Climate Injustice, De-industrialisation, Unemployment, Inequality and Poverty will all deepen.

South Africa is already one of the world’s biggest emitters of Greenhouse gasses and ranks number one in Africa. We have to answer to the world for our debt to present and future generations.

Yet, as we prepare to celebrate 20 years of democracy, Eskom’s short-term profit-driven strategies have still not delivered power to millions of South Africans, while thousands of households can simply no longer afford the steep tariffs, given a tripling of tariffs in the past ten years. Food security and jobs are now being threatened while people are being pushed to the limits of survival

Civil society and unions are developing alternative electricity plans. These are “roadmaps” for a transition to a ecological energy paradigm – for the people by the people. The plans are based on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which would not only be cheaper in the short run, but also create more jobs and save our environment for future generations.

  • WE NEED TO MOBILISE TO STOP THE CORPORATE GREED AND MARGINALISATION OF THE POOR
  • WE NEED TO MAKE CLEAR WE WANT ESKOM TO ACCOUNT TO THE PEOPLE
  • WE WANT TRANSPARENCY AND PARTICIATION AT ALL LEVELS OF PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING ON ELECTRICITY CHOICES
  • NERSA SHOULD NOT GRANT THE INCREASE UNTIL A PROPER LONG TERM STRATEGY THAT WOULD BENEFIT THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA IS AGREED TO BY ALL
  • WE WANT ALTERNATIVE PLANS TO BE CONSIDERED BEFORE ANY FURTHER TARIFF HIKES ARE CONSIDERED

Civil society has received permission to demonstrate at the venue, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), on the day of the first hearings on Tuesday, the 15th of January at 13:00pm.

We call on our sister organisations to join us at the CTICC in their thousands for a mass demonstration

VENUE: Cape Town International Convention Centre

TIME: 13:00pm to 14:00pm

DATE: January 15, 2013

TRANSPORT: Organisations needing transport could contact Gray Maquire 084 33 55 77 8.

 

Interesting article:

NUMSA to fight ESKOM increases

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NERSA public hearings

South African citizens can have their say on whether they want the electricity price to keep increasing each year.

Eskom has proposed to increase the electricity price by 16% each year for the next 5 years, after we have just seen a doubling of the electricity price over the last 3 years.

Eskom’s proposal reached the government energy regulator (NERSA) two weeks ago.  Comments on the proposal can be submitted to NERSA by the 20th November, and in your submission, you can ask to present at the public hearings in January next year.

Public hearings will be held in each province in South Africa.

Public Hearings (15 – 31 January 2013)

PROVINCE CITY/TOWN DATE
Western Cape Cape Town 15-01-2013
Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth 16-01-2013
Kwa-Zulu Natal Durban 17-01-2013
Free State Bloemfontein 21-01-2013
Northern Cape Kimberly 22-01-2013
North West Potchefstroom 23-01-2013
Mpumalanga Nelspruit 25-01-2013
Limpopo Polokwane 29-01-2013
Gauteng Roodepoort 30 & 31-01-201

Written comments on the MYPD 3 Application should be sent to the following email address: mypd@nersa.org.za The closing date for stakeholder comments is 20 November 2012.

For more information and queries on the above, please contact Ms Priya Singh or Mr Donald Nkadimeng at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Kulawula House, 526 Madiba (formerly Vermeulen) Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.

Tel: 012 401 4600

Fax: 012 401 4700

www.nersa.org.za

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ALERT ALERT ALERT

Concerned about rising electricity prices – want to have your say……

Send your submission to NERSA by Tuesday 20th November 2012.

Public hearings will be held next year in January, so make your voice heard, write to NERSA and ask to be put on the list to speak at the public hearings.

To find out what some of the key issues are, read this submission that has been compiled by EGI-SA – partners include Green Connection, SAFCEI, Project90x2030, GenderCC SA, and 350.org

NERSA has invited Stakeholder comments ahead of public hearings which are likely to take place between January 15 and 31, 2013 in all 9 provinces. NERSA will make a determination on February 28 and lawmakers would consider the application in March 2013. The sanctioned increases are likely to be implemented on April 1, 2013, for direct Eskom customers and July 1, 2013, for municipal customers. Comments can be made by organisations until the end of business on 20th November 2012 to: to mypd@nersa.org.za; enquiries: Mr Charles Hlebela, Head of Communications, charles.hlebela@nersa.org.za or Telephone: 012 401 4600; Fax: 012 401 4700; Cell: 083 646 8280.

Attached is a summarized version of a submission to be made by EGI-SA on November 20th, 2012. It has been compiled by Brenda Martin, Robert Fischer, Liz McDaid, Jesse Burton and Yvette Abrahams. Anyone wishing to endorse or copy these lobby points in their submission is free to do so. Please let us know whether you are making a submission by copying richard@90×2030.org.za or info@thegreenconnection.org.za

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More Electricity price hikes over the next 5 years

Can the citizens of South Africa withstand such massive electricity price increases?  Eskom has just released its tariff increase proposals that propose that electricity could rise 16% a year for the next 5 years.

Rising electricity prices have a ripple effect, causing a general rise in the price of goods – however, it is unlikely that salary increases will be 16% a year for the next 5 years, or that pensions and social grants will rise 16% a year over the next 5 years?

For more info on the tariff increases http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/eskom-seeks-yearly-increases-of-16-to-2018-2012-10-22

 

The Green Connection encourages all South Africans to raise your voices – let your opinions be heard?

For more info on what you can do, contact info@thegreenconnection.org.za