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High electricity tariffs by Sol Plaatjie

20 June 2012

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape wishes to raise our concern on the continued ridiculous increase of electricity tariffs by the Sol Plaatjie Municipality to the detriment of the working class and the poor people. This trend cannot be left unattended since it will cost all of us investments and obviously jobs.

Sol Plaatjie Municipality charges the highest tariffs in the country, even beyond the biggest Metropolitan municipalities. The reason for this ridiculous pricing is because the municipality does not have competition in the sale of electricity. We call on ESKOM to come to the rescue of the poor people who are in the majority in this municipal area and sell electricity at reasonable prices.

We are of the view that these ridiculous prices of electricity in Sol Plaatjie are meant to feed their craving for unacceptably high salaries of senior managers in that municipality. We are heavily taxed but we do not see the returns of paying such high tariffs. The threat that we are facing of businesses closing as a result of unaffordable electricity tariffs will lead to job losses and push our people deeper into poverty while those that decide to hike tariffs continue to amass wealth form the coffers of the municipality.

We call on the department of COGHSTA to intervene on this matter on behalf of the poor people of Sol Plaatjie. We will call for a meeting of the alliance as soon as possible to discuss this blatant exploitation of the people by those who have been entrusted with the responsibility to look after them and provide them with quality services.

We are convinced that NERSA has failed dismally to defend the working class and the poor from exploitation.

For more information please contact the COSATU N Cape Provincial Secretary, Anele Gxoyiya @ 082 829 1961