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Patrick Bond Questions the Ongoing Hike in Electricity Rates

Politics of Climate JusticePatrick Bond, activist and author of Politics of Climate Justice has written about high electricity rates in South Africa, and why this is such a burden on the poor, for City Press.

Bond looked at the particular case of BHP Billiton and found that the beneficiaries of rate hikes tend to be those in the mining sector. He feels more explanations are needed and that overall transparency and a reduction in rates would be better for all concerned:

The mining giant’s cut-rate power price and huge profits are subsidised by the poor.

The Marikana massacre has unveiled a mining-policing conspiracy against striking miners that links Lonmin shareholder Cyril Ramaphosa to Police Minister Nathi Mthetwa via incriminating emails.

But this incident pales in comparison to the decades of damage done by malevolent power relations between BHP Billiton and Pretoria officials, relations that now seem to be shifting because of Eskom’s desperation.

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