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Ray Hartley Finds Sinister Signs in Eskom’s Yearly Tariff Booklet

How to Fix South AfricaIn his latest column for the Business Times, Ray Hartley examines the changes to Eskom’s “tariffs and charges” booklet since the infamous “rolling blackouts” of 2007.

According to Hartley, Eskom’s “hollow assurances” in the 2007 booklet indicate the utility “failed utterly” either to comprehend or anticipate South Africa’s energy emergency.

Hartley, editor of How to Fix South Africa, traces the price increases presented by Eskom each year – the 27.5% increase in 2008 and the even more dramatic 33.6% increase the following year – and points out the increasingly complex technical language used to explain away the new tariffs. He also suggests that the latest increase of 8% does not necessary point to a brighter future:

The latest tariffs and charges booklet is nostalgic. On its cover are the various corporate logos of Eskom over its 90 years.

The electricity supply situation has normalised to such an extent that a laughably small average increase of just 8% is announced.

There were no warnings of what was to come, no intimations that the grid was under stress, no suggestions … hang on. I’ve written those words before.

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  • How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs edited by Ray Hartley
    EAN: 9780620549882
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