South Durban NGO marches on Eskom

Protestors gather outside Eskom's office to protest against the energy giant.

ABOUT 40 people joined South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) in a peaceful protest outside Eskom’s offices in Westville on Friday, 19 September in solidarity with the international People’s Climate March and to voice their concerns of the threat of tariff increases.

On Sunday, 21 September, hundreds of thousands of people, including SDCEA’s Desmond D’Sa marched through the streets of New York in a climate march. Around the world, thousands of people joined in by hosting solidarity events in their countries. SDCEA did their bit by protesting against Eskom and calling for more research to be done into renewable energy.

They used the opportunity to highlight concerns about the affordability of local households should impending tariff increases be too much for people to bear. The National Energy Regulator has agreed to Eskom recouping costs to make up for its debt, which will see an increase in costs for electricity.

“This affects everyone. Many people are barely making ends meet and this increase will hit them hard. Eskom needs to look into other methods of providing energy that reduces harmful emissions and lightens the burden on average citizens,” said SDCEA’s Bongani Mthembu.

The energy company is facing attacks from many fronts, as last month, Greenpeace Africa began a petition, which garnered thousands of signatures, following the company’s refusal to search for other energy sources.

Following the protest, SDCEA handed over a memorandum to Eskom calling for action and asking them to be accountable.

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Erin Hanekom

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