PRESS RELEASE: SOUTH DURBAN COMMUNITY PICKETS AND MOBILISES THE COMMUNITIES AGAINST ESKOM.
The SDCEA and its affiliates are hosting several public meetings to bring to the attention of the public that ESKOM has made application to the National Energy Regulator South Africa to increase its ELECTRICITY TARIFF’S BY 35% for 2010 /2011 to 2012. Eskom is South Africa’s biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, and wants to continue increasing their emissions by expanding their coal fired power stations.
The SDCEA has decided that the public is unaware of the public hearings being conducted on the 18TH January 2010 from 09.00am until 15.00pm by the National Energy Regulator at the International Convention Centre [ICC] Durban, as the advertisement was advertised in December 2009 when several of the communities were either on holiday or too busy shopping for the festive season. The SDCEA and its affiliates registered to present verbal submissions to NERSA opposing the increases. The SDCEA by hosting public meetings is giving the public an opportunity to provide input into the submissions that will be made on the day In addition the SDCEA has made formal arrangements to picket at the hearing and demonstrate the communities outrage with ESKOM. All communities that will be affected will unite and stand as one against this proposed increase by ESKOM .This picket by the communities of South Durban and Durban will put pressure on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa not to allow this increase of both emissions and tariffs through.
The public meetings will held at the following venues:
Agenda for public meetings: