We don’t trust Msunduzi — new Action Forum

2014-01-22 00:00

DOWNTOWN and northern suburbs business owners at a packed meeting last night declared a dispute with the Msunduzi Municipality.

The gathering formed the Msunduzi Action Forum. Co-convenor Dev Naidoo declared at the outset that they do not trust that the municipality will follow the directive of the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) to reverse the charges. Until they have the full details of what the municipality will do, the dispute stands.

To begin with, a petition will be sent to the Msunduzi Municipality calling for a moratorium to be placed on all electricity tariff increases until the Nersa directive is duly considered and implemented. The gathering called for the removal of the long-despised MCB or net ampere charges and that no retrospective charges be implemented.

The gathering also agreed to the establishment of a think tank and a legal team to look at all aspects of tariff implementation in the city and what recourse residents have. The frustration of those at the meeting was palpable as they spoke about mistakes on accounts, as well as exorbitant disconnection and re-connection fees.

City attorney Sundeep Singh will be taking up legal issues on behalf of the forum, which held the meeting against a backdrop of a large banner calling Pietermaritzburg “the city of chaos”.

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