Zuma vows action on Eskom tariffs

2012-02-09 19:52

Johannesburg - High electricity tariffs are a major concern for consumers and businesses, President Jacob Zuma acknowledged on Thursday, while encouraging South Africans to save more on electricity use.

"I have asked Eskom to seek options on how the price increase requirement may be reduced over the next few years, in support of economic growth and job creation and give me proposals for consideration," he said in his State of the Nation address.

"We need an electricity price path which will ensure that Eskom and the industry remain financially viable and sustainable, but which remains affordable especially for the poor."

But he urged more savings by everyone, calling for a "pact" on this and warning that until Eskom's new Medupi and Kusile power stations come into operation, the electricity system will be very tight.

"We should all play our part in order to avoid load shedding".

He said the government remained committed to increase renewable electricity use and to fulfill its Green Economy Accord.

The Government target is one million solar geysers by 2014-2015.

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-09 20:20

    You can ask eskom to reduce prices till you are blue in the face. It will achieve nothing.

  • Mike - 2012-02-09 20:46

    OK, so that Eishkom! What about the SABC, SAA, RWB, government, etc.?

  • Johnny - 2012-02-09 21:31

    Well the rich will provide the money for the poor again.And I'm talking about the middle class here.We always have to make up the balance when they need cash!!!!!!

  • mclensie - 2012-02-09 22:01

    Save electricity - shower in the dark...

  • mastersvoice - 2012-02-09 22:08

    He asked them to seek options. They probably agreed. Be prepared for another price hike after the election.

  • Louis - 2012-02-10 07:11

    It's easy. First ask your anc buddies to take a cut in the kick backs and the problem is solved. It would be even better if the EksDom directors take no non-performance bonuses for a change

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-10 21:59

      @ Louis.. I think you meant "It would be even better if the EksDom directors PAID a non-performance PENALTY for a change. I agree 100% with u

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-02-10 07:11

    His still the funnies turtle of them all. Step aside for a real prezzy!! Please.

  • mjvandersandt - 2012-02-10 08:07

    Sounds like he is campaining for elections. Useless gesture not commiting to obtain any results.

  • adrian.blundell - 2012-02-10 10:07

    Deregulate Energy prodcution to allow new players.... even if these new players only supply to local municipalities or industries it will releive the strain on Eskom's dated infrastucture. Smelters etc should be forced to create/suplement their electricity by using winds turbines etc...

  • Norbert - 2012-02-10 10:16

    I worked almost 30 years for Eskom and retired 2004. But since I started work it was the same song. Electricity is too expensive! As I worked as electrician I did stand by duty for 20 + years where I got callouts at any time day or night. I found the loudest moaners about the bill was mostly the People which WASTED the power by leaving the lights on 24/7. The public is the one which can make a big difference to Eskom. All it needs a bit planing and self discipline. Comeon guys switch off the lights when you dont need them!!!!! Eskom cant perform miracles.

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