Become self-sufficient, Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association warns residents

FEBRUARY 10, 2015

In light of continuing rolling blackouts, the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA) and AfriForum PE say they have started a community project towards self-sufficiency in electricity and water and are urging local residents to join them.

“We’ve been working a few months on a project to become self-sustainable with water - which will be our next crisis, and electricity,” says Kobus Gerber, AfriForum PE Vice Chairperson.

“We will have phase 1 available for installation within a month.”

Gerber explains; “Phase 1 is to get as much consumers between 3-5kw back-up power for up to 8 hours for lights, TV, DSTV, PVR and computers at home and small businesses to carry us through the Eskom crisis.

“Phase 2 will add washing machine, dishwasher except stoves. We advise consumers to get a two-plate gas stove until we get an affordable solution for the amount of energy stoves draw.”

Gerber says that in the near future, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will struggle to meet resident’s needs after it loses a major source of revenue – water and electricity supply.

“The Metro’s electrical and water sales will drop to a record low and they will have to find another form of income,” he says, adding that they are calling on all local consumers to make their project a community one.

“We need to be able to have our future in our own hands and not in the hands of an incompetent and corrupt Metro.

“We need to make sure that all consumers in NMB Metro and hopefully the rest of the country can and will provide for themselves in the near future.”