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Gauteng faces electricity hikes

Nersa says some Gauteng residents could pay more for electricity following tariff increases this week.

Nersa says some Gauteng residents could pay more for electricity following tariff increases this week. Picture: Gauteng.net

JOHANNESBURG - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says some Gauteng residents can expect to pay more than others for electricity following tariff increases that came into effect this week.

Nersa has approved an increase of 7 per cent for the City of Johannesburg while those in Ekurhuleni can expect to pay an increased rate of between 6.3 to 7.6 percent.

The energy regulator says some municipalities have applied for increases that exceed its guideline of just over 7 percent.

Nersa's Charles Hlebela says most municipalities have identified the upgrading of infrastructure as a reason for their increases.

"There are different or various reasons given by those municipalities, mainly they you'll find some of them want to improve their electricity distribution infrastructure."