Eskom price hikes to follow Baleni resignation - DA

Eskom price hikes to follow Baleni resignation - DA

2015-02-03 15:19

Johannesburg - The resignation of the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) CEO Phindile Baleni will lead to hikes in the electricity price, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"Sadly, Ms Baleni’s resignation now heightens the possibility of a far more compliant Nersa CEO being installed, an appointment that will surely mean further electricity price hikes for consumers," DA MP Gordon Mackay said in a statement.

READ: Time for Nersa to own up on Eskom

"Under Ms Baleni’s leadership Nersa has remained a steadfast defender of the South African consumer, obstructing Eskom from bank-rolling its mismanagement at our expense."

Initial reports suggested that Baleni's resignation was due to political interference at Nersa which aimed to water down the regulator's tough stance on Eskom, he said.

"It is felt that Ms Baleni has been a major stumbling block in allowing Eskom to recover increasing operational costs via the consumer."

On Tuesday, provincial government announced that Baleni had been appointed director general in Gauteng premier David Makhura's office.

"Ms Baleni brings a wealth of experience in senior management leadership and in the management of complex and diverse projects," the Gauteng government said in a statement.

On Monday, the energy ministry said Baleni resigned from her position to "pursue other interests".

  • Johan Nel - 2015-02-03 15:24

    They were only going to go up any way..

      frikkie.d.lange - 2015-02-03 15:30

      Pay back the bonuses!!!!

      Paul Mark Maarman - 2015-02-03 15:34

      Vaseline anyone...??

      b.agnostic - 2015-02-03 15:43

      Vaseline? Call a spade a spade - new rectum!

      Revelgen - 2015-02-03 15:46

      It's typical ANC strategy: 'get rid of anyone who stands in our way' e.g. Scorpions, the judiciary etc. We do not have a democracy - just a small cabal of Zuma-linked ANC buddies, determined to get as rich as they can before the ANC's policies totally collapse South Africa. Seven hundred thousand million already robbed from South Africa's poor by a government that professes to be 'a government of the people.'

      Alan Gernet - 2015-02-03 15:55

      @Johan - there is a limit to what Joe Soap can afford - we are paying through the noses everywhere to ultimately fund mismanagement and or corruption in many sectors. Govt.and affiliates are slowly having the effect of squeezing the life out of the 'golden geese'. What then?

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2015-02-03 16:08

      The NPA, SARS, the Hawks, the Scorpions, SIU and now Nersa - all the heads who were trying to fight for what is right were simply removed. Most illegally. We are in the grips of a criminal state. If all the regulators are gone, we will have to accept what we are told. And they say apartheid is over.....

      Fred Murgatroyd - 2015-02-03 16:40

      We are probably the only country in the world where you pay more for electricity than you do for groceries. In most civilized countries electricity equates to about 20% of your grocery bill.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-03 18:18

      Why are Medupi and Kusile 5 years late[Operationally]?Because of violent labour strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,the boilers that Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned through Chancellor House] had a R38 Billion contract for.That resulted in them flying in overseas welders to do it over.And adding to cost.Google it Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance[Of which Numsa was a part] MEDUPI AND KUSILE CURRENTLY R40 BILLION OVER BUDGET

  • Alain Craven - 2015-02-03 15:25

    Right now it could be argued that the cost of not having power far outweighs the affects a price increase would have - provided it leads to more supply stability

      David Khumalo - 2015-02-03 15:31

      that's is a ridiculous stance, why must we honest people pay more for Eskom's failures, we pay out of our ears already now even more. What about the millions that get it free and what we export to Zim at a fraction of the cost.

      Eugene Fourie - 2015-02-03 15:35

      Oh please..Eskom needs to start cutting power to NON paying customers and not INCREASE the cost to those that are in fact paying their accounts on a regular basis..then there will be enough power without the need for load shedding..

      Jackey - 2015-02-03 15:40

      That is just the problem we have had mad increases over the past 8 years and still no value for money, once they dont get what they want, they sulk and load shed us under "unplanned maintenance" or "generators "went offline" crap..So a stable supply is just a pipe dream for the foreseeable future.

      Petrus LeRoux - 2015-02-03 15:43

      Throwing money at eskom via cost increases won't solve the problem Allen, you need a proper management team and a skilled workforce to sort out the mess

      Andrew Swales - 2015-02-03 15:52

      WHAT!!! we should pay for their incompetence. It was their responsibility to foresee the future demands and make sure their infrastructure was maintained correctly! We shouldn't pay a dime more for poor maintenance or management. Alain, its like telling me you would take your car to a backyard service yard to get it serviced more regualry, just to make sure it works! Pathetic thinking!~

      Alan Gernet - 2015-02-03 15:52

      That seems to be similar logic to advocating the paying of e-tolls. Never mind how we got into a mess, or what mismanagement may have happened - the consumer must pay for it??? Well - to the Government and Eskom - I think that they should sort their own mess out, and also 'pay back da money'.

      Suzelle Els - 2015-02-03 15:56

      That is exactly what they were aiming at this whole time. Make the power supply so limited and the problem seem SO BIG, that consumers won't say anything when they argue that prices need to go up, AGAIN. And personally I also think it has something to do with the whole nuclear/Russia thing going on as well. Consumers will only be too happy to get an alternative in to Eskom, that they will look past the fact that SA is getting into bed with the Russians, and won't worry too much about the environmental impact of nuclear etc etc. I can't fathom that ANY government or an institution like Eskom that has been at it for years and years and years, can be so utterly incompetent when it comes to supplying electricity...... Really. I think there are other hidden agendas at play here. Just my opinion.

      Made Inthe South - 2015-02-03 18:19

      Why are Medupi and Kusile 5 years late[Operationally]?Because of violent labour strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,the boilers that Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned through Chancellor House] had a R38 Billion contract for.That resulted in them flying in overseas welders to do it over.And adding to cost.Google it Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance[Of which Numsa was a part] MEDUPI AND KUSILE CURRENTLY R40 BILLION OVER BUDGET

  • Moira Fox - 2015-02-03 15:30

    WHAT?!?!? The poor consumer - in more ways than one. We really are a compliant nation .... get nailed every time - wait for the budget - they going to say we should save more .... if it wasn't all so pathetic and contrived I would laugh, but cannot afford to even smile anymore.

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-03 15:43

      I would be a bit more comfortable with a price hike IF 32 billion was not being squandered every year. Why must I keep paying more for less when we pay for funerals, private houses, luxury cars, 1st class business trips for family members too, 5 star hotels, alcohol bills, stadiums and banners etc etc etc. No no. It's asking for too much now. Not any of our doings.

      Bradley Duncan - 2015-02-03 18:57

      Let's stop moaning and stand together like we did with e-tolls. Refuse above inflation increases. Let's rally together people!!!!!!

  • Fuel Ity - 2015-02-03 15:31

    There is something fishy going on here between Russia and RSA...that nuclear deal. Government wants a public panic with this power issue so that a deal must be made to introduce nuclear power stations, someone wants to make big bucks. Just saying I could be wrong.

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-03 15:44

      Wow. It's certainly worth paying attention to. Yes. It just may be that it's being milked for all it's worth

      Suzelle Els - 2015-02-03 15:57

      Exactly what I was thinking....

      Alan Gernet - 2015-02-03 16:03

      Not Putin their money where their mouths are?

      Fuel Ity - 2015-02-03 16:14

      Research into Thorium Nuclear can be an answer. Do we have skilled people in RSA left or is this a Tender issue for the ANC nuts?

  • john.r.king.39 - 2015-02-03 15:32

    Collect arrears and charge the illegal connections, then come for a price increase.

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-03 15:43

      Yes! Brilliant. That would certainly go a long way

      Nikki Downes - 2015-02-03 15:43

      But will cause anarchy too. Can't win

  • Alan Smith - 2015-02-03 15:38

    spiraling out control. The cANCer must be removed.

  • Natalie Dickerson Gelonese - 2015-02-03 15:38

    To be honest I don't understand why we need to pay more, perhaps the Eskom CEO can pay it, he earns enough! THe rest of us pay enough, and are tired of paying for others to live a fancy life. Perhaps its time for the people to say NO for once and stand up to these greedy profit making thieves ???

  • Kyle van der Merwe - 2015-02-03 15:55

    When you are the ANC and you are incompetent and you dont know it....thats stupid

  • Bradley Duncan - 2015-02-03 15:58

    Lets do what we did with e-Tolls. Refuse above inflation increases. Look what has been achieved by standing together against e-Tolls. Now is another chance to show the government that we are not to be taken lightly. Before long it won't matter if Eskom can supply us or not because none of us will be able to afford it.

  • kenjouplek - 2015-02-03 16:06

    Stop with all your parties and funerals and bonuses you stupid knobsā€¦ I would gladly pay IF YOU CAN HIRE SOMEONE THAT ACTUALLY KNOWS WHATS GOING ON.. ( MIDDLE FINGER )

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-02-03 16:07

    Claim from all the people and muncipalities that owe money, ensure every person who is using electricity pays for it, then and only then co.e and ask for an increase per unit...but also let us know what our neighbours are paying for the electricity that we are supplying.

  • Irfaan Hilberg - 2015-02-03 16:09

    Tzek....u will rather crap in the bush and eat ur mother in law for supper than accept that the ANC has stolen 700million rands and keep them in power

      Graham Roebuck - 2015-02-03 17:39

      Try 700 billion

      Bradley Duncan - 2015-02-03 18:23

      Yeah, billion Irfaan. Scary amount.

  • Graham Grant Hayward - 2015-02-03 16:19

    Tzek.You are Zilles garden boy.Voer....Tzek

  • Maria Du Bois - 2015-02-03 16:34

    It would be interesting to know the value of dividends Eskom has paid to Treasury ifo of its sole shareholder, in the period where no maintenance has been carried out. The g

  • Thato Sekhu - 2015-02-03 16:49

    Rome is burning

  • Bernd Kankowski - 2015-02-03 17:05

    Soweto owes R4,6 Billion to Eskom on rtop of the R1,6 Billion write off not too long ago. I have an empty house and pay the monthly service fee. The service provider estimates an amount which I don't pay. The electricity is cut off within 10 days. I take the meter reading to them and they say sorry and next month the same. Is it because it is not a black township? How can it get to R4,6 Billion arrears. It is the slack idiots at Eskom that allow this to continue. Cut the power!!! Let the guys pay up first. You created a culture of non payment

  • Bernd Kankowski - 2015-02-03 17:11

    Stefan it is not as simple as merely increasing tariffs. It calls for an efficient organization with properly skilled personnel to function optimally. You cannot allow townships to run up R4,6 Billion debts only in Soweto, R700 million in the Free State and then expect the loyal payers to keep on bailing them out.

  • catcha.wakeup - 2015-02-03 17:19

    They increase tariff and I certainly stop paying just before I finish the solar installation with a generator backup if solar fails.

  • Korrupt Anc - 2015-02-03 17:28

    work, eat, sleep and EXCRETE money to eksdom.

  • Francois Marais - 2015-02-03 18:06

    Ill rather be in the dark than feeding fruitless expenditure. Let Eskom burn to the ground give other companies the opportunity to thrive as Africa's energy provider

  • Ledger Barnard Colleen - 2015-02-03 20:37

    This is monopoly at its best, we are screwed, no matter how bad the service we must pay more and more and more, what if we say no.

  • Evan Summerson - 2015-02-03 21:54

    I hate eskom

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