Community Statement on the IRP 2018
AIDC | Community Statement | 5 October 2018
AIDC in collaboration with SAFCEI and “Project 90 by 2030” hosted a workshop on the recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018. The aim of the workshop was to have a community perspective on the IRP. In the end we manged to have the community write their own statement which they want to be presented to parliament:
We bring to your attention that electricity is available in our communities but it is not affordable. Our communities cannot afford the cost of electricity. In some areas when you buy electricity for R10 you get only 3 units or R20 for only 5 units, this is unfair.
Poorer people that do not have access to electricity cannot even afford to buy or use coal and wood pollutes the air leads to many health issues. Many communities do not have basic facilities. And we want to suggest that people in poor communities must be exempt from load shedding. What makes us to not afford electricity is that the rate of unemployment is high. We have to have a solution to reduce the rate of unemployment, government must reduce the rate of unemployment.
Government must consider that if we have to talk through all the tiers of government, you may not be hearing us properly. We want you to come down to our communities to hear what our problems are.”
This statement has been drafted by Sharon Groenmeyer, Siyasanga Ntanjana, Sumaya Witbooi and Joyce Molebe.