'Drought-stricken WC farmers may have to fork out millions'

Agri WC made it clear they can simply not afford it and has urged Nersa to decline Eskom’s application.

FILE: Agri Western Cape says farmers, who are already overburdened by the drought, currently foot a bill of around R894 million for electricity. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape say they'll have to fork out millions more for electricity if Eskom gets its way.

The South Africa National Energy Regulator (Nersa) is facilitating public hearings across the country for input on Eskom's application to recoup nearly R22.8 billion.

If the application is approved, consumers will be hit with a double-digit electricity tariff increase in April.

Agri Western Cape says it's against any further increase in the price of electricity.

CEO Carl Opperman says farmers, who are already overburdened by the drought, currently foot a bill of around R894 million for electricity.

Opperman says if tariffs increase, that price will shoot beyond a billion rand annually for power.

He's made it clear they can simply not afford it and has urged Nersa to decline Eskom's application.