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Say no to Eskom! Guys, this is pretty hectic so Eco-warriors please take note, and let's use some of the power of Planting Season to make a serious difference here.
I've just joined 8000 South Africans and signed a petition to the Executive Directors of the World Bank urging them to reject a proposed loan to Eskom to build the world's fourth-largest coal plant. Rejecting this loan is a crucial step towards a clean energy future and I hope you'll join us. Here's the link: www.avaaz.org... And here's more info from Avaaz.org: ____
Dear friends in South Africa, In just days, the World Bank will vote on a proposed R29 billion loan to Eskom to build the fourth-largest coal plant in the world -- a climate disaster. At the same time, Eskom plans to effectively double electricity rates over the next three years.
Big polluters are getting cut-rate electricity while ratepayers would be left to pay back this disastrous loan. But the loan is not a done deal. Some creditors are having second thoughts, with the US expected to abstain and several European delegates reportedly on the fence. And we can tip the balance -- we just need one "no" vote to table the proposal since the Bank rarely proceeds with divisive votes! While Eskom trumpets the plan, we can tell World Bank directors how we feel about coal.
Let the Word Bank know that we don't want its dirty loan - click below to sign the petition today:
Originally posted by da_ruse
reply to post by Freeborn
Probably true but it would be nice if they stuck there necks out.
We just don't need the money. It's all there, it's just in the wrong bank accounts.
Too true. But just who has it and wtf are they doing with it? Certainly not re-investing it in South Africa that's for sure!
DA monitoring of spending indicated government was "out of touch with economic realities in South Africa".
According to a document tabled at the conference, government spending on new luxury vehicles totalled R47,4-million; on luxury hotels and other "property-related expense scandals", R4,5-million; and, on parties, banquets, conference and other such events, R203-million.
Further, government had spent a total of R16,5-million on "wasteful marketing, e-marketing and self-congratulatory advertising"; and, a total of R732,9-million on "all other items of wasteful and fruitless expenditure". The latter figure included an amount of R117,5-million "that it cost the Gauteng provincial government to cancel their motorsport contract".
Originally posted by Freeborn
reply to post by Freeborn
But why would they?
Doesn't seem to matter what the US or the UK do they get criticised.
Africa needs to start sorting it's own mess out.
African's are quick to say that they can, it's about time they started proving it.
Decades of constant aid and assistance has proved inefectual and the continent is still riddled with corruption and tribal hatred.
Time to put up or shut up methinks.