UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ESKOM AND SOWETAN RESIDENTS ARE MUTUALLY DEPENDENT AND RESPONSIBLE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC ENTERPRISES

The escalating conflict between Eskom and Sowetan residents must be dealt with in a mature way by both sides. This will only be possible once Eskom and Sowetans recognise that they are mutually dependent and equally responsible for the situation in which they find themselves.

The study conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand indicating that there is no culture of non-payment in Soweto but rather a culture of non-delivery by Eskom and government sheds a new light on this debate. It is absolutely vital that this research is broadened to include other neighbourhoods and verified.

Nonetheless, as far as Soweto is concerned, the Wits study does indicate that there is scope for a solution to be reached as far as Eskom's R 700 million outstanding debts are concerned. The study also places an imperative on Eskom and government to keep its promises with regard to the provision of electricity.

The Ministers of Public Enterprises as well as Minerals and Energy must consider the delivery of services carefully before the restructuring of Eskom is commenced with.

Enquiries:
Mr Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Enterprises
083 709 0267

Cape Town
25 September 2001