Call to privatise electricity management

Call to privatise electricity management

2014-03-12 07:22

Cape Town - Privatising electricity management will solve some of the country's energy woes, according to civil rights organisation AfriForum.

"AfriForum believes that privatising electricity management will eliminate the impact of inept municipalities and solve problems with electricity supply," spokesperson Tiaan Esterhuizen said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Privatisation will also streamline debt collection and an accurate invoicing system."

Esterhuizen blamed poor financial management by municipalities for leaving taxpayers, who pay their accounts every month, without power.

He said that municipalities owe Eskom more than R2.3bnand the outstanding debt adds to the country's electricity crisis.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told parliament on Tuesday that South Africa is likely to have adequate electricity supply in around two years.

He said there would be three new power stations, including two massive coal-fired plants at Medupi and Kusile.  

Projects worth R110bn from independent power producers have also been approved to bolster energy supply, said Gordhan.

Outgoing Eskom CEO Brian Dames said on Tuesday that the country's power supply issues will continueto be a problem in the coming months unless the utility made aggressive interventions to save at least 3000MW.

"We are not out of the woods yet, the system remains tight and vulnerable to any changes as we go into winter."

Last week Eskom issued a power emergency and rolling blackouts for the first time since 2008.  

It said the grid was under pressure because of torrential rain in Mpumalanga, which had affected coal supplies.

 - Sapa, Reuters

  • Godfrey Welman - 2014-03-12 07:29

    As long as the corrupt ANC control the majority of municipalities this will never happen, as its the main source of councilors income.

  • Lynn Comley-White - 2014-03-12 07:41

    Will never happen. The ANC will never let it go. They like being in control and increasing the electricity rates every year. How else would they and the senior management of Eskom get their big increases and bonuses??

  • Martin Pienaar - 2014-03-12 07:54

    Privatising our Government would help. Seein a lot of useless employees would be fired! (Without a "Golden Handshake")

  • Kim Gaul - 2014-03-12 08:58

    CoJ is an absolute joke regarding billing and they are currently holding Joburgers ransom - pay now, and we will sort later. I think we should have a referendum to vote about privatising electricity supply - best it be manual though as we may not have power that day

  • George Gibbs - 2014-03-12 09:29

    Just you not pay your electricity bill - u get cut off. These municipalities are in arrears month after month. We must pay annual electricity increases and have no choice - when are these people going to held accountable for not paying.

  • Richard - 2014-03-12 09:44

    I read a report today that alleges that all the coal is being exported to India and what Eskom is getting is simply the low grade stuff after the coal for export has been washed.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2014-03-12 10:02

    They should privatise ALL government depts.

  • Pierre Potgieter - 2014-03-12 14:34

    I'm not in favour of nationalisation, but we also shouldn't rush into privatising our public utilities/services.

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