Group calls for reduced electricity tariffs

Community members allege their pleas for a reduction in electricity tariffs have fallen on deaf ears.

11 August 2019 | Energy

Paulus Nicodemus; Activist; “…most community members on the 20 and 30 AMP brackets cannot even afford to pay for electricity,”

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck

Residents staged a peaceful protest against high electricity tariffs in Walvis Bay.

The Walvis Bay Concerned Group (WBCG) organised the protest action.

A group of 15 placard carrying residents marched from Kuisebmond to the offices of Erongo RED and the municipality in town where letters containing demands were handed over.

The group demands that the ministers of mines and energy, as well as fisheries and marine resources instruct fishing factories and mines operating in the area to meet the community halfway in covering electricity bills.

“We have a number of big companies and they are not helping at all while most community members on the 20 and 30 AMP bracket cannot even afford to pay for electricity,” explained Paulus Nicodemus, a community activist.

He said the group had since 2013 drafted letters to various government ministries, calling for improved discussions about the supply of electricity, to no avail.

“We emerged disappointed from a meeting with Erongo RED. They told us that it was not possible to reduce their tariff as they have already lost many customers due to an increase in the use of solar panels.”

He suggested that residents who for example make use of prepaid cards get more electricity units for their money’s worth.

“We are of the opinion that Erongo RED should for example receive N$20 when a user purchases electricity for N$100. The buyer should receive N$80 worth of electricity.”

Nicodemus also accused Erongo RED of milking residents by charging an excessive amount of money for the installation of prepaid electricity supply boxes.

The public relations and marketing officer at Erongo RED, Benjamin Nangombe, said the company will look into the issues presented and provide feedback as soon as possible.

He said the tariffs were not increased this year, and that there is a 20 AMP default option available on which a normal household can survive.

“Another issue is that most of those complaining have backyard shacks on their premises and are actually running businesses. We are already selling electricity below the average supply price. Erongo RED buys electricity at a cost of N$1.54 from Nampower and actually subsidises customers. It is impossible to reduce the cost of electricity further.”

Similar News

 

Diesel price adjustment a welcome relief

3 weeks ago - 02 October 2020 | Energy

Swakopmund • [email protected] secretary general of the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU), Werner Januarie, welcomed the adjustment in diesel fuel pump prices “It...

Fuel prices up again

1 month - 02 September 2020 | Energy

Fuel prices have been increased for the month of September in light of the economic plummet accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry of mines and...

No electricity tariff increases for Erongo

2 months ago - 04 August 2020 | Energy

Walvis Bay Erongo RED announced a weighted average tariff adjustment of -1.6% in compliance with approval from the Electricity Control Board (ECB). This is...

Filling up to cost more

2 months ago - 03 August 2020 | Energy

Fuel pump prices will increase countrywide at midnight on Wednesday (5 August), with the price of petrol increasing by 100 cents per litre and the...

Fuel prices remain unchanged for July

3 months ago - 30 June 2020 | Energy

Fuel pump prices in Walvis Bay (port of entry) will remain N$10.35 per litre for Petrol and N$11.13 per litre for Diesel respectively the minister...

Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb reaffirms support to the Tsumeb...

6 months ago - 09 April 2020 | Energy

Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb reaffirmed its support to the Tsumeb community by improving the preparedness levels of the Tsumeb District hospital should the COVID-19 virus...

Erongo RED donates N$1 million

6 months ago - 07 April 2020 | Energy

Walvis Bay • [email protected] Erongo RED has availed N$1 million to the Covid-19 pandemic fight within the region. Chief executive Fessor Mbango said that N$200...

Fuel prices unchanged

10 months ago - 04 December 2019 | Energy

Fuel pump prices in Walvis Bay for 95 Octane Unleaded Petrol amount to N$ 13.05 per liter and that of Diesel 50 ppm is N$...

N$120 miljoen. se

1 year - 15 October 2019 | Energy

Arandis • Adolf KaureVisepresident Nangolo Mbumba het onlangs Sertum Ener­gy Namibia se N$120 miljoen-sonkragaanleg by Orano se Trekkopje-myn ingewy. Die 5 megawatt- fotovoltaïese aanleg lê...

Son gee myn krag

1 year - 01 October 2019 | Energy

Arandis · Otis Finck Sertum Energy Namibia gaan Donderdag sy nuut geboude Trekkopje-sonkragaanleg amptelik in gebruik neem. Die visepresident van die Republiek van...

Latest News

Erongo records three new Covid-19...

3 hours ago | Health

The health minister Kalumbi Shangula announced 77 new Covid-19 cases and 51 recoveries on Wednesday afternoon. He said that 1 115 results were received from...

Old guard must go and...

3 hours ago | Politics

Windhoek · [email protected] Bay Urban constituency councillor Knowledge Ipinge, who is vying to retain his seat in the upcoming local and regional authority elections, says...

Rugby Africa concludes solidarity campaign

3 hours ago | Sports

Rugby Africa announced the immediate release of €170 000 from a solidarity fund for its member unions earlier this year. The Rugby Africa Executive Committee...

Breek weg na Omaruru

3 hours ago | Events

Omaruru • [email protected] die ekonomie aan die kus weer op die been is te danke aan ’n toestroming van binnelandse besoekers, moet inwoners en besighede...

NaTIS arrives in Arandis

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Infrastructure

Arandis The deputy minister of Works and Transport Veikko Nekundi officially opened a NaTIS office in Arandis today. Nekundi said that the realisation...

Six new Covid cases for...

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Health

The minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula announced 54 new Covid positive cases and 65 recoveries. Shangula explained that 531 Covid-19...

Law enforcement officers ready for...

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Sports

Walvis Bay The Erongo Law Enforcement Sports Association (ELESA) host the 5th edition of the Law Enforcement Sports Tournament at Jan Wilken Sports...

Swierige matriekafskeid

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Events

Hoërskool Duneside se matriekafskeid het Saterdag by die Hotel Atlantic op die hawedorp plaasgevind. Veertien matrikulante het die geleentheid met die tema “MET Gala” bygewoon...

Pophuis bou is nie speletjies

1 day - 27 October 2020 | Local News

Swakopmund • [email protected]'n Inwoner van Swakopmund het tydens 'n finansiële verknorsing as 'n toevlug hom na die maak van pophuise gewend. Koster Cronje sê hy...

Load More