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SECC-APF pamphlet on prepaid electricity meters

Theme: Electricity & energy

Call Number: B3.1.2
Identifier: AL3290_B3.1.2
Title: SECC-APF pamphlet on prepaid electricity meters
Date: 2003
Subject: Anti-Privatisation Forum - APF;
Prepaid meters - PPM;
Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee - SECC;
Description: The Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC) was one of the founder community member organisations of the Anti-Privatisation Forum(APF). Its success in mobilising residents of Soweto in opposition to the privatisation of electricity through ‘Operation Khanyisa’ (‘Operation Turn On’) – which directly reconnected residents who had been cut off and by-passed pre-paid meters – and the resultant publicity was a key component of the APF’s early campaigns/struggles and organisational visibility. In an action that eventually received national and global attention, SECC/APF members descended on the house of the Johannesburg Mayor and proceeded to cut off his electricity. The 87 activists subsequently arrested and charged then had to endure over a year of court proceedings (the court eventually finding them not guilty on all charges). In ensuing years, the SECC and APF continued the battle around electricity with particular focus on pre-paid meters as seen in this pamphlet – a battle that spread to, and become popularised in, most all poor communities in Gauteng and indeed, across South Africa. Included in SAHA virtual exhibition - 'Transition's Child: The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)'
Creator: Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC); Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)
Type: Pamphlet
Format: Access copy - pdf
Preservation copy - pdf
Source: SAHA collection AL3290
Language: English
Coverage: South Africa
Rights: Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee (SECC); Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF)
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