‘Megawatt Park’ BANKRUPT

2015-06-02 06:00

WITH regards to the letter by M. Clark (Fever 19 May) regarding Eskom I cannot agree more. There appears to be no more “bright sparks in Megawatt Park”. Eskom is a bankrupt organisation in thought, competence and financially. Someone at Megawatt Park however, has finally tumbled to the fact that load shedding actually reduces their income, hence the proposed 25% to 30% tariff increase for this year. Let me recap, just briefly. In 2008 there was an average increase of 27,5%. In 2009 it was 31,3%. In 2010 it was 24,8%. In 2011 it was 25,8%. From 2012 to 2014 it was not as high, but well above inflation. All this means is that Eskom’s revenue actually more than doubled over these years and all we have to show for it is more black-outs, more incompetence and a financially bankrupt organisation. We, the paying customer, are actually subsidising all the illegal connections countrywide and this is one way of “redistributing the wealth” of the country. I doubt if Eskom actually cares about this. The municipalities seem to be as incompetent as Eskom and are unable to stem the tide of illegal connections. Thus, those who have a fixed billing address, will be expected to pay, and keep paying. Sad, but true.

I personally have cut my electricity consumption by 40% over the past two years to 500kWh a month to reduce my bills, but it is as low as it can go now. After this it is all uphill. There is however, one solution - vote the incompetent people out at the next elections.


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