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Daylight robbery at the hands of the State-armed institutions

17 January 2013, 14:31

While South Africans are dealing with the shock of the E-toll, South Africans are faced with another pocket-ripping 16% increase request from Eskom on its electricity tariffs.

Recent reports have revealed that South Africans are too much in debts with Gauteng mostly affected yet the state institutions want to compound the situation even worse than it currently is.

Eskom has applied for a 16% annual electricity tariff increase for the next five years. If approved, the new tariffs come into effect next year and cover the period between April 2014 and March 2018. This is after they got the permission of a +25% increase the last year. Currently the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is holding public hearings this month to discuss the proposed increase with the public and all related stakeholders.

If Nersa agrees to this ludicrous demand, South Africans will see electricity prices double over the next five years from 61c/kWh to a staggering R1,28/kWh. At this cost South Africans will have to live, work and be indebted to Eskom for the human right basic needs.

South Africans are continuously strangled by our government that seeks to make life even more difficult for South Africans who continue to humbly submit themselves and be continuously pounded by the demands the State institutions slurp from them.

With the implementation of the E-toll fees as proposed by Sanral at 30c/km, things will even get harder and it will be the same citizens that will affected as the companies will either shift the cost to the customers or retrench people in order to survive.

These increase in costs will have negative impact on the economy as the whole, with inflation rising as a results of the increase in product costs, unemployment will sky rocket with retrenchments as company will be cutting costs.

The Government and the State institutions are mandated to serve the people and ensure that the people of South Africa are better served but the contrary is true.

The Congress of the People Youth Movement calls on Nersa to reject the 16% increase request by Eskom and rather agree to an inflation lined increase. We also call on the government to reconsider its citizen and consider the dangers and impacts that the State institutions have on the public.

We do believe that there are other measures that Eskom or Sanral can raise the required funds without milking blood from the citizens of the country.

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