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’.”


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