Power tariff talks essential
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.