Incoming from [redacted], questioning “Real?”.
No. Not really real. But really old.
Subject: ESKOM INCREASE – URGENT PETITION before 19th July
ESKOM TARIFF INCREASE:
Apparently it will be 45% increase each year for 3 years, totalling 135% over 3 years. It has already been increased by about 100%.
I don’t know about you but I certainly can’t afford to have any more of my hard earned money ploughed into Eskom’s mistakes and poor management. We have to try and fight this.
TAKE NOTE, ESKOM HAS STOPPED LOAD SHEDDING UNTIL AFTER THE RATE HIKE COMES IN…..SO THAT WE CAN ACCEPT THE HIKE…..WITHOUT TOO MUCH MOANING
We have until the 19th to petition and there has been a poor response.
PETITION AGAINST ESKOM’S ELECTRICITY RATE HIKE OF 53 %. PEOPLE, PLEASE! WE HAVE TO STAND TOGETHER (IF ONLY THIS ONCE) ON THE ESKOM ISSUE. IT IS HIGH TIME WE STAND UP FOR WHAT WE WORK SO HARD FOR. DON’T BE PASSIVE – ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS LIST AND SEND IT ON
The latest is that Eskom is going to raise our electricity rates by 53%, and most of us think that it is unfair and outrageous! Why should we pay for their mistakes? Time is running out and we need to move fast!
Every 500th person must please CC to CEO of Eskom. This e-mail has a table for 1000 names, starting with 1001 and ending with 2000. Font is set to use capitals so just type in your name at the next open number. The persons against numbers 1500 and 2000 must CC to CEO of Eskom address is on the next line – do a copy and paste into the To window
Where to begin? Some mathematics, I think:
45% + 45% +45% isn’t 135%. You don’t just add them together, you know? But if your rudimentary calculations were correct and it has already increased by 100%, then we only have another 35% to go. Happy days.
And then, when the emotional appeal about your meagre salary gets too much, you HIT THE CAPS LOCK AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ESKOM HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAGIC UP SOME ELECTRICITY FROM THIN AIR SO THAT THERE’S NO MORE LOAD SHEDDING!
Is it still not working? People still aren’t interested?
Then add another 8% to Eskom’s demands in the next paragraph. USE CAPITALS AGAIN!
And then, when you’ve wasted your time reading this, and putting your name and that of your spouse, your kids, your dog, Doreen from the cubicle next door and two random fictitious characters into the table, make sure you forward it to everyone you know.
I really wouldn’t include Thulane Gcabashe though. He left Eskom over 4 years ago.