Pre-Paid Electricity Meters or Power to the People?

by Pitso Mompe
(Tokologo African Anarchist Collective)

eskom-candleIn 2000 the South African government announced its policy was to provide “free basic services.” The free basic electricity  policy was released in 2003 and claimed that it would ensure that a “basic supply” of electricity is made available free of charge to poor households.

In practice, the amount provided in the “basic supply” is very limited, and soon runs out.

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