Citizens to protest against electricity hike

2015-06-18 06:00

ELECTRICITY Action Group (EAG) invites residents to join them on a protest against the proposed electricity price hike.

The protest will take place on 23 June when the public will be given an opportunity to comment about the proposed electricity price increase.

This comes after Eskom proposed to increase electricity at the end of June. National Energy Regulator South Africa (Nersa) is set to decide on this proposition by Eskom at the end of June.

EAG’s co-ordinator Bonginkosi Sibisi said they are against Eskom’s proposal.

“We are inviting all the citizens to unite and fight against what has been proposed by Eskom. We are all aware that we are faced with challenges when it comes to electricity and yet they want to increase the electricity price. It is their way of trying to recover from the electricity crisis that is currently happening,”said Sibisi.

EAG has been around for three years and is an organisation formed by different organisations and community members who are concerned about electricity.

“We are a group of different communities from in and around Pietermaritzburg. We have young people, the elderly and concerned citizens who are part of the organisation.

“We formed the organisation because we are worried about the electricity crisis. It was before we even faced load shedding. We had different challenges with regards to electricity and we decided to gather so that we talk and resolve these challenges together. We invite all the citizens to come in their numbers and join the protest on this day,” said Sibisi.

Nersa on 23 and 24 June said the public will be given the opportunity of commenting about Eskom’s proposal and the decision will be taken on 29 June.

Eskom’s publication on Nersa will be published on its website and a decision will be made on 29 June. The protest will start at Dales Park at 11am and finish at the city hall at 1pm.

For more information, call Sibisi on 076 288 9184

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