Opposition mounts against Eskom’s proposed tariff hike

Various trade unions have joined the growing chorus against Eskom’s proposed 25,3% tariff increase.

Earlier this month, Nersa indicated even if this is approved it can only be implemented in the next financial year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There's growing opposition to Eskom's latest tariff hike request.

Trade union federation, Fedusa and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa have joined the growing chorus against the proposed 25,3 percent hike.

But the embattled power utility says it is pushing ahead with its application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

Earlier this month, Nersa indicated even if this is approved it can only be implemented in the next financial year.

Despite stiff resistance to the proposed increase, the utility's Khulu Phasiwe says they are going ahead with their application.

"We don't have money to buy power from independent power producers and for diesel. We will require an extra budget to keep the lights on.

Nersa is expected to make a decision on the tariff hike request by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, Eskom confirmed that there will be no load shedding today.

Eskom was also able to avoid power cuts on Monday.