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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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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Centralised decisions destroying the City’s natural resources

The current Cape Town structure and the power vested solely in the position of the executive mayor and Mayco (her mayoral committee) has embraced this form of government, with its dictatorial, centralised control.

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Don’t look to police or NGOs to fix city’s crime, social ills

A lack of social workers and psychologists based in schools and communities to identify problem households and abuses denies children protection. With only “one psychologist for over 50 schools in Mitchells Plain, while some model C schools had one per school” is inexcusable.

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City of Cape Town is ‘hell-bent on development’

The city was ‘hell-bent on development with little regard for who or what is negatively affected,’ said Sieraha. Both the provincial and national departments of agriculture said the application was a ‘major deviation from the spatial vision’ of the city as outlined in the spatial development framework.

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Desparate shortage of NPO Funding

Social workers, complain they have had to close down children safety programs in high risk areas such as Du Noon due to the funding shortfall from DSD and their unrealistic expectations of what could be accomplished with the funds.

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Is the Chapman’s Peak toll plaza the DA’s own Nkandla?

Unless one has a jaundiced political perspective, it is very difficult to disagree with the DA’s stand on Nkandla, given the unbelievable economic hardship faced by the vast majority of South Africans. Transparency and accountability are given high priority under the DA’s governance policy framework, yet it seems that there are some very good examples of the DA falling well short of its ambitions. The R53m toll plaza building on Chapman’s Peak in Cape Town is one example.

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City of Cape Town: Councillor Remuneration and allowances 2012/13

 

MC06220113 – COUNCILLORS REMUNERATION AND ALLOWANCES refers:

Addendum

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Road Accident fund: total liabilities exceed its total assets by R46.395m

The Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA) notes with deep concern that Auditor General Mr Terence Nombembe (AG) has cast doubt on the Road Accident Fund’s (RAF) ability to operate as a going concern.

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Civic Alliance appeals to Public Protector on City’s Budget

The GCTCA has today appealed to the Public Protector, on behalf of the residents and ratepayers of Cape Town, for protection of their rights to meaningfully participate in and to be heard on the City of Cape Town’s proposed budget for 2012/13.

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