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Eskom to keep lights on despite outcome of tariff increase application

Eskom is currently hosting public hearings to recoup nearly R23 billion via a tariff increase.

FILE. Public hearings that started in Cape Town this week, move to Port Elizabeth today. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eskom has assured the country that the lights will stay on even if its application to recover billions of rand is turned down by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).

Public hearings that started in Cape Town this week has now moved to Port Elizabeth.

Eskom is looking to recoup just under R23 billion, but its application for a tariff hike has been met with opposition from big business and trade unions, among others.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Agri Western Cape are vehemently opposed to Eskom's bid to claw back billions of rand.

Both bodies say the electricity tariff increase that would result, would be unaffordable.

Their views have been echoed by other interested parties that have made submissions to Nersa.

Eskom's Anoj Singh however says interruptions in power supply won't automatically follow should Nersa rule against the state-owned power utility.