Power tar­iff talks es­sen­tial

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Northern Cape News - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@afro­tone.co.za

AF­TER res­i­dents marched to the Sol Plaatjie mu­nic­i­pal­ity and handed over a mem­o­ran­dum to the mayor, provin­cial sec­re­tary Deshi Ngxanga said that ANC of­fi­cials had en­gaged in a broad con­sul­ta­tive process with dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers on the new elec­tric­ity tar­iff struc­ture at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Led by the provin­cial chair­per­son, Dr Za­mani Saul, sev­eral en­gage­ments were held with the Sol Plaatje mu­nic­i­pal­ity as well as with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity.

Ngxanga said to a great ex­tent, these en­gage­ments helped to give them a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges and com­plex­i­ties of the new tar­iff struc­ture in­tro­duced by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“In our en­gage­ments, there was a gen­eral con­sen­sus that there wasn’t ad­e­quate con­sul­ta­tion with com­mu­ni­ties on the in­tro­duc­tion of the new elec­tric­ity tar­iff struc­ture.

“The mayor was then asked to post­pone the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new tar­iff struc­ture and to em­bark on ex­ten­sive en­gage­ments with the res­i­dents of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to find com­mon ground on how best to move for­ward,” he said.

Af­ter these en­gage­ments and the lat­est de­vel­op­ments on mat­ters of tar­iffs, the party is of the view that po­lit­i­cal con­sul­ta­tion on mat­ters af­fect­ing res­i­dents, that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new tar­iff struc­ture for elec­tric­ity must be post­poned. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity must use the old tar­iff struc­ture un­til the mat­ter is re­solved.

He said this post­pone­ment should be ac­com­pa­nied by an ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion process with all com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses on how best to re­solve the mat­ter and the process of ex­ten­sive en­gage­ments should be strength­ened with the in­volve­ment of the Na­tional En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor of South Africa. (Nersa).

Ngxanga also said Nersa should be in­volved in at­tempts to re­solve the mat­ter.

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