Chairman’s address : GCTCA AGM 22 OCTOBER 2016 + Video

Never before has the need for civil society vigilance been greater than in this interesting times we live in. We have a constitutional democracy. But what does it mean when the democratic space in local government is fast shrinking and it appears that there has been “state capture” at our local government level.

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City must protect our citizens and environment from developers

Destroying our natural environment and replacing it with concrete jungles, in my estimation at least, can in no way be called progressive development. The cosy relationship between our local government structures and the Western Cape Developers Forum, where red carpet treatment ensures the big developers easy passage to encroach on the urban edge, where zoning rules are amended to allow more units for profit and where the seemingly insatiable mammonic greed is fed.

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New nuke build: EIA problematic and flawed

Becker concludes, “The GIBB consultants have a legal responsibility to put all the pertinent facts before the decision makers in a complete, unbiased and quantified way in the EIA report. Failing to do so can lead to criminal prosecution in their personal capacities.” There is concern from stakeholders that GIBB is trying to push through this flawed EIA with only token public participation.

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GCTCA Annual Chairman’s Report August 2015

It would appear that the voice of the ratepayer is being silenced by the new municipal bylaw on planning (MBL). Regulation will allow developments to be approved without consultation with the ratepayers and community. A closer study of the MBL reveal quite wide ranging powers given to the City to exclude public participation, e.g the City can decide whom it feels would be appropriate to consult. This means it could bypass the local ratepayer and civic organisations thus denying organised community structures a voice.

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Carbon Tax: What’s the point

Until we can choose to buy wind or solar energy, there is hardly any point in a carbon tax. A carbon tax is effectively a “sin tax”; in my opinion, a sin tax where the “sinner” is the government.

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GCTCA responds to city’s exorbitant proposed tariff increases

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) hereby vigorously objects to the exorbitant proposed increases and demands that it be reduced to be in line with the current inflation rate of less than 5%. We also suggest that in view of the already approved Eskom increase, the City of Cape Town should REDUCE its CURRENT 10% SURCHARGE on electricity to alleviate the heavy impact thereof on its residents.

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Massive city power increase would be grossly unfair

But the city has never chosen to increase tariffs by the cents amount Eskom has given it, and rather increased tariffs by the same or a higher percentage. This is grossly unfair.

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Power stations should be embedded in the system and owned by ratepayer

What we really need is for the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town to allow the local economy to dramatically grow by allowing embedded generation (EG) on peoples’ and businesses’ rooftops, gardens and fields.

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Karoo Action Group proposes attainable alternative to fracking

At the Alternative Mining indabas in Cape Town this month, mining communities and communities impacted by mining voiced how upset they were that they were not empowered, and that mining had not enriched their lives and people remain impoverished because of “the flagrant violation of ethical and legal standards” and associated weak governance. Quote from Cape Times Business Report, Tuesday, February 17.

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More people need to put in place embedded and micro power generation

People are installing generators, whether they are petrol, diesel, gas or renewable energy. As people and companies become self-reliant, the grid becomes more stable and the chance of a mass blackout gets less.

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Don’t blame power crisis on apartheid

Millions more people would have jobs – building these power stations, being made into entrepreneurs by selling electricity and providing the electricity that mines, industry and business so sorely needs – finally fulfilling Karl Marx’s dream of the poor working class person being able to own the means of production!

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EVENT: The Nuclear Build interview – VOCfm 19:15 Monday 6 October

Participating in this scheduled interview will be Mike Kantey of the Coalition Against Nuclear Energy (CANE) and Zizamele Mbambo, Deputy Director General in the Department of Energy.

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Customers pay more for less

So now we have this interesting situation. In 2007, the price paid per kWh in the City of Cape Town was 52 cents per kWh and now we pay R1.72 per kWh. But back in 2007, South Africans enjoyed access to 42 GW of power, but now we have access to about 32 GW of power. We are paying more because we should have more, but the South African government and our electricity provider cannot find a way to bring us the additional electricity we are paying for, but which we don’t have.

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Crank up old machine for new tricks

Change Eskom to be the independent system market operator, buying and selling electricity across the grid, from its own power stations and from private producers, and allow people to choose from whom they wish to buy electricity.

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Cape Town Anti-Fracking March – Friday 18th October

We the people of the Western Cape are deeply concerned by Government’s management of the South African energy sector. The energy planning responsibilities of the Department of Energy with regards to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and more recently the Integrated Energy Plan have lacked ambition with regards to ensuring that we as South African citizens have access to a safe, affordable and sustainable electricity supply.

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Criticism of R30bn draft city budget

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA), a residents’ and ratepayers’ body, also rejected the budget, saying the city chose not to engage it over its written objections and concerns presented to its management.

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