The party was “concerned” about the effect Eskom’s revised 35% tariff increase proposal for a three year period, would have on the majority of South Africans who would find it “hard to afford”.
“We see the Eskom proposal to the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) not assisting SA’s economic growth, especially its recovery from the recent economic recession,” the ANC said in a statement.
The party was of the view that many South Africans — the majority poor and unemployed — had not fully recovered from the effects of global recession.
“Taking this into account, the ANC will be making its own submission to Nersa which will not only cover the multi-year pricing index but also a holistic and comprehensive approach to sustainable energy provisioning in the country.”
The ANC repeated its call for a comprehensive approach to energy provisioning and sustainability in the country. “This approach should include, among others, how we recapitalise our energy industry without burdening the South African consumer. We also believe that such a comprehensive approach should cover other available options for a future energy-funding model.”
Exploring other energy sources such as green energy should be examined in addressing the country’s energy problems.
On Tuesday Eskom acting chairman Mpho Makwana said the utility had lowered its request for an increase in tariffs to 35% over the next three years, down from 45%, to help fund the utility’s R385bn expansion programme. — Sapa