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All South Africans, rich and poor, are seriously affected by the power crises currently experienced in South Africa. It is not merely a small inconvenience making difficult to cook meals and boil water for a cup of coffee. Businesses are reeling under severe income losses. It affects job security as layoffs are increasing. Unemployment leads to despair and even lawlessness. No-one is able to make a comprehensive summation of the ripple effect of the crisis. In addition, it appears as if the political strength to deliberate and take action to solve the problem does not exist.Currently, the Electricity Regulation Act of 2006 (Click here to read the regulations) provides that nobody may generate, transmit and distribute electricity, nor trade in electricity, without a licence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).Solidarity says it is essential that an opportunity be created for independent organisations to generate and sell electricity in South Africa. Support us to implement this proposal. Send your petitions to the Minister!

Solidarity KragDag Petition

The Minister of Energy
Dear Minister Joemat-Pettersson

As a state-controlled organisation Eskom does not produce the electricity needed. Despite hard work by many dedicated employees, power failures occur with increasing frequency. We can see how the economy is reeling and how lives are disrupted. Retrenchments in the mining and manufacturing sectors are already on the increase.

Moreover, we are concerned at the prospect of a total network failure – and we believe it is not unfounded, as we have learned that the cabinet has a contingency plan for the protection of senior government officials in such an event.

Minister, you are well aware of the unmet deadlines for new generating units, as well as maintenance problems experienced. The electricity problem in South Africa is too big to be solved by Eskom and the government.

The electricity crisis will only be solved by many hands – by means of extensive private domestic and commercial electricity generation. However, this is precluded due to government regulations and you have the power to relax these regulations. Currently, the Electricity Regulation Act of 2006 provides that nobody may generate, transmit or distribute electricity, nor trade in electricity, without a licence of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The only exceptions are for demonstration models, own use and non-commercial purposes.

Minister, we request that you relax the regulations and allow the public to help solve the electricity crisis.

We request:

  1. That you, under your powers in section 9 of the Electricity Regulation Act of 2006, announce comprehensive exemptions from licencing requirements for domestic and commercial power generation, distribution and trade; and
  2. That a law opening up the power grid and allowing a free market for electricity be urgently finalised.
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