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.