Our Energy Portfolio contains a number of projects related to gross corruption and wasteful expenditure within Eskom. Here we are also tackling the high Tariff increases sought by Eskom, as well as halting the Nuclear Energy deal and other various issues within the energy sector.
0% TARIFF INCREASE
In the last days before NERSA’s deadline for comment on 13 October, OUTA set up a link to enable supporters to e-mail NERSA about Eskom’s application. More than 16 000 members of the public used the link to send their comments.
Dr Ben Ngubane resigned from the Eskom board on 12 June 2017. He’s been a supporter of the Eskom board since December 2014 and chair since October 2015. He’s presided over Eskom’s attempt to take on the unaffordable nuclear build, and then the unforgettable debacle with Brian Molefe as Eskom boss, then as the sort-of maybe former chief executive with the secret and irregular R30m payoff and then as the chief executive the board finally agreed to unhire.
OUTA believes that a separation of control over the two arms of electricity generation and transmission will break Eskom’s stranglehold over the grid (transmission), thereby ensuring that open competition for energy generation at the lowest cost of production will reach the consumer, assuming political meddling is minimized which in itself may be a separate challenge. In short, this challenge is to reduce the costs of energy to the consumer.
OUTA believes that, as with so many of our state owned and Parastatal organisations, there are sufficient questionable practices a lack of accountability and transparency within ESKOM.
While we are not opposed to the concept of nuclear energy, we are definitely against this secretly signed deal. This deal was shrouded in secrecy from the beginning. It was signed after several secret visits to Russia by president Zuma.