Makhura concerned over e-tolls, electricity tariff increases

He says the hikes are cause for concern as they are expected to have a negative impact on citizens.

FILE: Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says he is concerned that tariff increases for e-tolls and electricity could put more strain on Gauteng residents.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa announced this afternoon that it's awarded Eskom a 9.4 percent increase tariff hike for electricity.

As of today, the cost of e-tolls also increased by five percent.

Makhura says the hikes are cause for concern as they are expected to have a negative impact on citizens.

He says the cost of living in Gauteng is already burdensome for many residents.

"Especially in a province like ours where the cost of living is very high; the cost of energy, food and transport are all extremely high. So I do share the concern with the increases that have been granted."