Johannesburg, 26th July 2016. Despite efforts from Environmental Justice Organisation, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, to access information on one of Johannesburg’s major sources of pollution, the City of Johannesburg continues to protect its dirty secret- the Kelvin Power Station.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, represented by its attorneys at the Centre for Environmental Rights, have over the past month asked Kelvin Power (Ltd), the City of Johannesburg and City Power to respond to various questions relating to the polluting monstrosity that sits on the doorstep of Johannesburg schools, hospitals and households; causing the City of Johannesburg to be the most polluted city in South Africa and ranking as one of the most polluted cities in the world.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg wants to know the following information about Kelvin Power Station in order to protect the Constitutional right of the citizens of Johannesburg to live in an environment that is clean and not detrimental to their health and well-being:
1. Who is the current owner of the Kelvin Power Station?
2. At what price does Kelvin sell electricity to City Power?
3. What percentage of City Power electricity does Kelvin provide?
4. What will the position be once the agreement between City Power and Kelvin terminates in 2021?
5. At what price does Johannesburg Water sell the water to Kelvin Power Station?
6. How much water does Johannesburg Water supply to Kelvin?
7. How much does the City of Johannesburg subsidies Kelvin Power Station?
On the 14th of July 2016, a peaceful and legal protest held by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg supporters outside City Power offices was met with intimidation. City Power claimed that the peaceful protesters were “disturbing the peace”. Similarly, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg protesters were met with some concern outside the Kelvin Power Station itself. Subsequently, City Power has not responded to the demands of the organisation and Kelvin Power Station has instructed Earthlife Africa Johannesburg to make use of the Public Access to Information (PAIA) Act to obtain the information. The City of Johannesburg has asked for an extension.
Project Coordinator at Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, Dominique Doyle, claims: “It is clearly the wrong time for the City of Johannesburg and its service providers to deny the public access to important information about the state of the city’s environment and about the true costs of service delivery. These should all be important issues as we head towards the local government election on August 3rd. With some of the poorest air in the world, citizens should really be asking themselves if indeed Johannesburg is: ‘ A World Class African City’”?.
On Thursday the 28th of July 2016, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg protesters will return to the Kelvin Power Station to once again exercise their Constitutional right to demand transparency in local government power production and sales, and sound local government environmental governance.
The picket will take place outside the Kelvin Power Station located at 3 Zuurfontein Rd, Kempton Park on the 28th of July 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00pm.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg supporters demand that Kelvin Power Station, the City of Johannesburg and City Power concede to providing the relevant information requested in a timeous, fair and cooperative manner.
For further information, please contact:
At Earthlife Africa Johannesburg:
Cell: 079 331 2028
Cell: 072 157 2155