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Nersa to appeal Eskom tariff hike ruling

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that Nersa's decision to approve the tariff hike was unlawful.

FILE: Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) has announced it will be appealing a High Court's ruling that set aside Eskom's 9.4 percent tariff increase.

The High Court in Pretoria ruled that Nersa's decision to approve the tariff hike was unlawful because the correct procedures were not followed.

It ordered Nersa to review its decision.

The regulator's committee met today and decided that it can't adjust the tariff at this stage.

Nersa's Thembani Bukula says they will be applying for leave to appeal.

"There are some factual areas in the judgment and the remedy that is required has not been implemented, so we can't go back to 2013 and recreate the quarterly reports or go back and give the pricing signals to the people."

The 9.4 percent hike came into effect in April for Eskom's direct customers and last month for municipalities.