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Media Invitation: Civil Society Conference on The Electricity Crisis: 2 – 5 JUNE 2015 | Booysens Hotel and Conference Centre – Johannesburg

1 June 2015, Posted in Press Releases

Media Alert: 1 June 2015
The Civil Society Conference on the Electricity Crisis starts tomorrow Tuesday 2 June 2015, at 09am, Booysens Hotel and Conference Centre, 33 Booysens Rd, Johannesburg Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.
Enquiries: Castro Ngobese, Numsa National Spokesperson, 083 627 5197

NB: Below is the full programme for Day 1: 2 June 2015


Time  Topic/Activity

 Introduction & welcome

Outline of objectives & programme

09:20-09:30  Why are we supporting the conference
09:30-09:50  Numsa’s position on the Electricity Crisis
09:50-10:10  Solidarity’s position on the Electricity Crisis
10:10-10:30  UASA’s position on the Electricity Crisis
11:00-11:10  Electricity supply to school. How outages and inadequate electricity   infranstructure affect
11:10-11:20  The unaffordability of electricity for the poor
11:20-11:30  Eskom and environmental injustice
11:30-11:40  The cruelty of prepaid meters
11:40-11:50   Do you get your electricity from Eskom or from a municipality? The  effects of fragmented electricity distribution on consumers.
11:50-12:00  Electricity price hikes increase food hunger in SA
12:00-12:15  Conference energiser
12:15-12:45  The roots of the Eskom crisis and the need for a judicial enquiry
12:45-13:15  Questions and discussions
14:00-14-15   The impact of the electricity crisis on industry, business & commerce
14:15-14:45   Questions & discussions
14:45-15:00   Introducing “alternative rooms” to the exclusive Eskom “war room”
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 1: How to deal with loadshedding? Who decides? Who gets loadshedded? Eskom’s economic merit order for load shedding. Loadshedding schedules. Inequality of loadshedding.
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 2: Financing Eskom? What are key cost drivers? How to mitigate and what do with the rising costs? How to avoid Eskom’s financial meltdown? Is it through “bailouts” or “cost reflective tariffs”, loans or other means?
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 3: How to ensure more supply? Grid augmentation. New sources of energy and new build programme?
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 4: Democratising and putting Eskom under public and democratic control. What has been the experience of corporatisation of Eskom?
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 5: Restructuring the Electricity Industry. Do we need some public-public competition? Is there a role for the private sector in the electricity supply industry (ESI)?
15:30-17:00   Alternative Room 6: Eskom and environmental justice. What’s Eskom’s track record in relation to environmental justice? How do we ensure that when  proposing measures and interventions to deal the electricity crisis, our demands to Eskom for environmental justice don’t fall by the way side? What are our demands?