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Communities to address high electricity tariffs

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Electricity tariffs increased by 14,59 percent on July 1.

Communities will meet at various city venues on Sunday to address the high electricity tariffs that were increased on July 1. File image. Picture: Danie van der Lith

THE UNITED Communities of Sol Plaatje Municipality will hold community meetings on Sunday August 1, to address the high electricity tariffs that were increased by 14,59 percent on July 1.

Spokesperson for the United Communities of Sol Plaatje Municipality, David Kok, stated that the forum was at an advanced stage of migrating to Eskom.

“If residents and businesses can purchase electricity directly from Eskom, they will no longer be held at ransom by having their power supply cut. Sol Plaatje Municipality should have been placed under administration in 2018.

“Our communities have lost faith in the municipality, due to the rapid deterioration of services and feel undermined by politicians who have ignored our pleas for better services.

“We are now on the brink of a new evolution to migrate with immediate effect to Eskom to solve our electricity challenges. This will serve to cut out the middlemen.”

He added that their pleas to suspend the electricity hikes that were implemented without proper consultation, were ignored.

“The best solution to improve service delivery, is to nominate independent leaders who obtain their mandate from the people that they serve.”

UCSPM progressive meetings will be held on Sunday August 1 at 3pm at the following venues:

1. Roodepan (multi-purpose/Lethabo Park stadium/Jacksonville Square)

2. Greenpoint (at the four way)

3. Galeshewe (Pick n Pay circle)

4. Colville (Hashvalley and Swedish Hall)

5. Samaria (open road area)

6. De Beers (at the park)

7. Floors (shopping complex)

8. Homestead/Homelite/Homevale (soccer ground behind the secondary school)

9. City Centre (city hall)

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