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City silent on Kelvin Power Station facts: Earthlife Africa to demonstrate
Johannesburg, 24th of August 2016. Earthlife Africa Johannesburg will protest on Thursday the 25th of August outside the Kelvin Power Station located in Kempton Park in the East of Johannesburg.
The demonstration will take place from 10: 00 am.
Supporters of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg are demanding answers from the City of Johannesburg about how much the power station actually costs Johannesburg residents in terms of electricity costs and in terms of pollution and potential health risks.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, represented by its attorneys at the Centre for Environmental Rights, has been demanding answers from the City of Johannesburg, City Power and JHB water for some time now. Instead of agreeing to the environmental justice organisation’s constitutional right to access information, both the City of Johannesburg and JHB water insisted that the organisation request the information through the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA).
The City of Johannesburg has until Monday the 29th of August 2016 to hand over the information about Kelvin that communities are asking for.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg demands to know the following:
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 subsidise Kelvin Power Station?
Earthlife Africa’s Project Coordinator Dominique Doyle maintains that: “Kelvin Power Station is old, inefficient and expensive; and can easily be replaced by clean, safe, affordable and reliable renewable energy”.
Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has recently received a number of complaints from residents around the area of Kempton Park where an unusually high incidence of cancers and respiratory illness is experienced.