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Consumers have not been paying the true cost of electricity!

By Zanele Zama

Eskom regulations general manager Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje explains why they applied for a tariff hike of more than 20%.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is continuing with public hearings on Eskom’s proposed tariff increase of more than 20%.

Eskom has applied for an electricity price increase for the 2022/2023 financial year, which starts in April.

The power utility has received widespread criticism for the proposed tariff.

We are at a stage where we are not recovering our efficient cost of electricity and we know there have been areas of inefficiency from an operation point of view and from a corruption point of view.

Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, Regulations general manager – Eskom

We’ve subsidised all consumers for many years so we are trying to minimise that subsidy and therefore will we have to make further increases.

Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, Regulations general manager – Eskom

Consumers have not been paying the true cost of electricity, just the efficient cost of electricity for many years which means they have been having a permanent discount.

Hasha Tlhotlhalemaje, Regulations general manager – Eskom

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Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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