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.