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29 April 2017 21:34 (South Africa)

Eskom hikes just too shocking for the tender ears of MPs ... or is it the public?

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Eskom was, as usual, at the centre of a row in parliament yesterday, but this time it was unusually not the actual focus of the issue. Chairwoman of the public enterprises committee Vytjie Mentoor instructed Eskom CE Jacob Maroga and National Energy Regulator CE Smunda Mokena not to provide the committee with the actual figures involved in Eskom’s rate hikes. Her justification was that this disclosure would cause “public consternation” and that figures had been “distorted” at previous meetings. It fell to IFP MP Mario Ambrosini to point out the absurdity of the situation. Municipalities would be presented with the figures for comment, but parliamentarians, the national representatives of the voting public, would not. The irony is that we know in broad terms what Eskom wants any way. It has previously been reported to want hikes of between 30% and 60% a year for the next five years. A 31% increase granted last year kicked in three months ago.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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