Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Organisations oppose 16 % electricity tariff increase

Athenkosi Mvane
29 January 2013

Since the start of public hearings on Eskom’s third Multi-Year Price Determination application, different organisations have come before the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to register their opposition to the request of an annual average 16% tariff adjustment between 2013/14 and 2017/18.

The National Union of Metal Workers of South African said regardless of sector and background, those that have made presentations to Nersa have been united in stating that the proposed increases will pose an economic and social disaster for South Africa as the hikes will lead to job losses, factory closures and general increases in consumer goods.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said Eskom should get supply of affordable electricity that is accessable and make sure that we do not pay such high prices we continue to pay.

“We should use this three year period to look at a number of alternatives that government itself can be thinking about” Jim said.

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