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Give power to the poor - PSA

By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

The government must make sure that poor people have access to affordable and safe sources of energy, be it electricity or paraffin.

This call was made in parliament yesterday during hearings on the National Energy Bill.

The objective of the bill is to ensure "an uninterrupted supply of energy to the country".

The bill was criticised for not addressing the problems of paraffin safety or high electricity prices.

The Paraffin Safety Association of South Africa (PSA) told parliament that they wanted the bill to regulate price increases for paraffin. They say the price of paraffin has increased by 54 percent this year from R7,69 a litre last December to R11,86 this June.

The association said paraffin appliances, used mainly by the poor, were of poor quality and this has led to many home fires causing deaths and serious injuries.

According to the PSA, 21 million people in five million homes continue to use paraffin.

ANC MP Ngcobo Ngcobo says the PSA should be talking about the "elimination of all forms of harmful energy such as candles and paraffin. They are promoting paraffin and saying that it is even better than candles. We have to come to our senses."


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