h1

Eskom News: Are foreign customers receiving preferential treatment?

14 May 2008

Not only have electricity exports to neighbouring countries increased in the year to March 2008 – while South Africans have been forced to contend with crippling rolling blackouts, power rationing and load shedding – but Eskom has also provided less electricity to South Africans over the same period. This is according to a statement by DA spokesman on public enterprises Manie van Dyk last week.

He said the Democratic Alliance (DA) had submitted parliamentary questions to Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin to determine whether neighbouring countries were in fact receiving preferential treatment at the expense of South Africans.

“Specifically, electricity exports increased in the three months to March 2008 and in March itself by 6 percent and 1 percent respectively, while the distribution of electricity to the nine provinces by Eskom contracted by 1.7 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively,” said Van Dyk.

“This casts serious doubts on Minister Erwin’s assertions that Eskom’s foreign and domestic customers receive ‘the same treatment’.”

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: