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Eskom requests 25.3 percent tariff hike

Johannesburg & Tshwane residents could be paying much more if Eskom's increase is approved at the end of June.

FILE. Eskom has requested a 25.3 percent tariff hike of which about 12 percent has already been approved. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the Tshwane and Johannesburg municipalities have announced proposed electricity tariff increases of 12 percent, residents could be paying much more if Eskom's increase is approved at the end of June.

The utility has requested a 25.3 percent tariff hike of which about 12 percent has already been approved.

Residents are also facing a number of other increases.

Johannesburg residents have been urged to start budgeting wisely, as rates are expected to go up by six percent, electricity by 12 percent, water and sanitation by 14 percent, and refuse removal by eight percent.

The city announced on Tuesday that these increases are in line with the inflation rate.

But energy expert Chris Yellen said the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is still to decide if it will allow Eskom to increase tariffs for a second time.

"Municipalities will have to wait and see what Nersa determines, and only then will they be in a position to recalculate their tariffs and to get them approved by Nersa and then finally have them gazetted."

The city has emphasised that there are ways to reduce monthly bills, and it will continue to work with communities.

But it appears the more you use, the more you'll pay concept will apply.