Eskom's tariff hike comes into effect this Friday

The power utility says unless there's a legal order to stop it, the hike comes into effect on Friday.

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JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says, as it stands the 9.4 percent tariff increase comes into effect on Friday, unless there's a legal order to stop it.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is heading to the High Court this week to challenge the utility's electricity hike, saying a 3.31 percent increase is more reasonable.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved the increase, which was less than the 16.6 percent Eskom had asked for.

Outa's Ivan Herselman says, "We believe pending we've had time to review written reasons for a decision and possibly had enough time to challenge the decision, that a 3.31 percent increase will be an adequate status quo."

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe says, "If they want to explore other means, including the court, they are within their right to do so. If we're asked by the court to come and present our case, we will do so."