01 May 2013
The Talking Energy report is about household energy. It is based on conversations with people in the Vaal, the Highveld and south Durban. They took the form of interviews with a set of questions covering the composition of the household, their energy use, what they thought of the energy system and the key actors within it, and whether they had any ideas about an alternative system. We also talked about prices but it should be kept in mind that most people do not record their use or their spending and their responses are therefore approximations. Energy is not isolated from the rest of people’s lives and people also spoke of water, sanitation, waste, housing and the general state of the neighbourhood and its infrastructure.