Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill: Only a DA-led KZN will keep the lights on

Issued by Elma Rabe, MPL – DA KZN Spokesperson on the Office of the Premier and Royal Household
14 May 2024 in Press Statements

The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill, brought to KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) Office of the Premier (OTP) primarily seeks to provide for the National Energy Regulator to consider licence applications, the issuing of additional electricity, new generation capacity, and various other amendments to provide for the application of the Act.

The DA is satisfied that these amendments are in the best interests of South Africans, in particular the provision for an open market platform that allows for competitive electricity trading.

In the DA-led Western Cape, the aim is that by 2035 enough energy will be generated to make the province energy resilient. This by enabling the private sector and other role players to step-in. The province is already so far ahead of the curve that it has 2000 megawatts in the market.

In the Western Cape, 24 municipalities are being supported with Small-Scale Embedded Generation, with 21 providing compensation for feedback of electricity – unlike KZN’s eThekwini Metro so-called leadership who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

In the Western Cape, 5 159 businesses are being directly assisted through the Green Economy support programme. Jobs are safe, businesses are able to stay open during load-shedding and the economy is thriving.

This is in stark contrast to KZN, where the province’s ANC-run government would rather spend three-quarters of the budget on Compensation of Employees (CoE) than keeping the lights on for our children to go to school, do homework and have a hot meal at the end of the day.

KZN’s people are fed-up with empty promises, t-shirts and last-minute food parcels to secure their hard-won votes.

On 29 May they will vote to install a new government, under DA Premier Candidate Chris Pappas. A government that cares about every community and not just a select few. A government that will provide 300 000 real jobs and invest in infrastructure to support key economic sectors. A government that will ensure water in every tap, and a government that will – like the Western Cape – work day and night to be load-shedding free.

The DA will give the power back to the people, where it belongs. It will get rid of fat cat politicians and cadre deployment and grow our economy. It will finish the ANC whose members have spent the last 30 years enriching themselves, while destroying our beautiful country.