An unexpected 3.7% hike in energy bills from January 2014 has been announced by energy giant E.ON just hours after the death of the great leader and visionary, Nelson Mandela, who has died at the age of 95.
Tom Bankitt, Executive Manager of E.ON in the UK, spoke movingly of Mandela’s legacy, as he confirmed the increase this morning, ‘Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to us all in the energy industry. It is impossible to imagine now what life was like before his presidency. Millions of black South Africans were prevented from consuming power under the apartheid regime, suppressing the potential market for suppliers like ourselves. Consumption of electricity has increased by more than 500% in South Africa in the last 20 years, an extraordinary achievement for which the great man is largely responsible.
We have thought long and hard about a fitting tribute, and have decided on a 3.7% price rise from January 2014. Bill payers, as they receive their Spring statements, will remember where they were when they first heard the news of Mandela’s death, and reflect on the small additional price they will be paying in memory of his life’.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the tribute from the steps of 10 Downing Street, albeit seemingly acknowledging the potential impact, that ‘a great light had gone out in the world’, as a consequence of today’s news.