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Outa to push for review over Nersa, Eskom tariff hike approval

Outa lost a bid in High Court in Pretoria to interdict today’s implementation of the electricity tariff hike.

Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The organisation undoing tax abuse said it will push for a review of the national energy regulators decision to grant Eskom a 9.4 percent tariff increase.

Yesterday, Organisation Uniting against Tax Abuse (Outa) lost its urgent bid in the High Court in Pretoria to interdict today's implementation of the electricity tariff hike.

Earlier this month, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) approved a fraction of the 16.6 percent increase Eskom had initially applied for.

But Outa has argued that the increase is unreasonable and that Nersa didn't give reasons for the hike at the time of its approval.

Outa's chair, Wayne Duvenage, said the organisation will do all it can to reduce costs for South Africans.

"There's another party and we're working with them and making sure that we keep costs very low - that's why we have our own legal capacity that we've developed. And we've been able to keep it as a very low cost, not throwing money away but we believe it's right to challenge what we've to challenge."

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