FIN24 user Sean Chase
, referring to the article Gigaga: Eskom price hikes unavoidable
, vents his anger:
"Do you really think that Eskom or the leadership of our country give an iota about how we are coping with the high cost of living?
"Many of us are spending more money on electricity than on food, this despite a concerted effort to use less electricity.
"Speaking to friends and acquaintances who have swimming pools, they tell me that their pools resemble swamps since they do not have the spare cash to have the pump on for eight hours a day and cannot afford the water to fill up the pool as and when, since the use of electricity and water are based on the principle of 'the more you use, the more you pay'.
"Their justification that the 'poor need to continue to be shielded' is pathetic and condescending, especially when you read about the lavish spending and bonuses attributed to Eskom, as well as the money that has been squandered on (President Jacob) Zuma’s house, with absolutely no regard to the poor which according to Minister Malusi Gigaba still have to be shielded.
"Why don’t they just admit that we are being screwed and will continue to be screwed until we all have nothing left?
"The most upsetting part of all is that this is a great country with great potential, however until we eradicate the greed of a few, the majority will continue to suffer and South Africa will lose what little credibility we have left." Alex Rose
agrees, and asks why should higher income earning individuals bear the brunt of a parastatal business:
"The unemployed and disinterested pay R10 a month or some other equally ridiculously low rate for electricity.
"Subsudising Eskom growth is the government's responsibility, funded by taxes which require planning and less presidential housing expenditure."Gasant Ajam
suggests that "we, the hard-working masses, must take to the streets and start burning something like the shielded poor is doing.
"They get it free and still protest to our detriment."Resego Mlalazi
says the anticipated 16% hike in electricity prices is going to increase the number of izinyokas (cable thieves) as it continues to affect the poorest families while the richest and investors make them (Eskom) smile.
"Isn't there any way that our government can fund this project without harming the poor?"
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