Electricity tariff hike kicks in

The price of electricity goes up on Monday. Courtesy of #DSTV403

JOHANNESBURG - The price of petrol is expected to drop this week, but residents in some municipalities won't be celebrating much.

The price of electricity goes up on Monday.

"The National energy regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved a 15.63 percent average price increase for municipalities which will be implemented on 1 July 2019," Eskom said.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is urging South Africans to keep paying their electricity but says government needs to control the price increases. 

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Tariffs for water and refuse collection are also increasing in some municipalities.

Outa's Energy Portfolio Manager Ronald Chauke said without users paying for electricity and services, the operators will work at a loss and people will not be able to access the services.

Chauke said the government needs to do a better job.


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