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'Nersa considered public opinion approving Eskom's tariff hike'

Nersa says it took into account the views of the public before approving a 9.4% hike for Eskom.

Power lines leaving Eskom’s Duvha power station, 15km east of Witbank. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) said it took into account the views of the public before approving a more than 9 percent electricity increase for Eskom.

Those who buy electricity directly from Eskom will pay the new tariff from the first of next month, while municipal tariff hikes will take effect in July.

Nersa briefed Parliament's energy committee yesterday.

The regulator Thembani Bukula said, "We've listened to the public, we've listened to most of the things that they've said, some we knew, some we didn't know. But in making the decision we've taken into consideration issues of affordability and issues of sustainability."