Load shedding is hurting us, says activists

Load shedding is hurting us, says activists Photo: Twitter

‘Load shedding should be declared a National State of Emergency,’ says activists

Protesters outside the Union Building on Friday said they want load shedding to be declared a state of emergency.

Load shedding is hurting us, says activists

Load shedding is hurting us, says activists Photo: Twitter

Disgruntled activists marched to the Union Buildings on Friday against the continuous load shedding.


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The protest was arranged by Not In My Name International, a civil rights movement fighting to change perspectives. The crowd gathered at Church Square, Pretoria. They stopped at the national energy regulator’s offices before marching to the Union Buildings.

The head of communications at Nimni, Mo Senna, said they are calling on the government to end the continuous load shedding and to remove the 18.65% tariff hike granted to Eskom by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

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The organisation states that the high price of electricity and the continuous blackouts only make life more impractical for South Africans. The irony is that the protest was delayed by load shedding.

According to Secretary-general Themba Maseko several buses bringing protesters from Mamelodi were stuck in traffic as robots were not working because of the load shedding.

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We want load-shedding to be declared a state of emergency and no-one [in government] should be receiving bonuses. Nersa [National Energy Regulator of South Africa] should scrap the almost 19% increase they have given to Eskom

“SA is already in a regressive economy and with this current load-shedding we are experiencing, the ordinary people will not be able to sustain this for very long. This is the reason we are coming out today,”

Maseko said.

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has agreed to an 18.65% increase in electricity tariffs, effective from 1 April this year.

Eskom had applied for a 32% tariff increase for the 2023/24 year, which starts in April.

In the same tariff application, the cash-strapped power utility applied for a further 22.52% increase for 2024/25. Nersa has granted Eskom a 12.74% tariff increase.

The regulator said the “extremely difficult decision” sought to balance the needs of Eskom and consumers.

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