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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Eskom’s latest tariff application for a 32.7% increase in the price of electricity is immoral and an insult to South Africans who have endured possibly the worst load shedding schedule so far this year.
DA Shadow Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Kevin Mileham said the DA will submit its objections to this proposed Eskom rip-off once NERSA opens public comments on the 1st of August. “South Africans are already struggling to stay above water due to rising costs of living and a high inflationary environment. For Eskom to add an additional high electricity tariff increase for a service that they cannot provide is simply unacceptable”.
Mileham added that consumers cannot be expected to subsidise Eskom’s unviable business model and the ANC’s decades-long failure to open up the energy market to independent power producers.
He further said instead of liberalising the energy market and allowing IPPs to bring new energy generation capacity online, Minister of Energy Gwede Mantashe is busy wasting time on a fantasy about a “new Eskom entity to compete with Eskom”.
“The DA also notes and rejects Eskom’s new power tariffs proposal that could mean households will have to pay more money for using less electricity. Households that have lower than the average electricity consumption in South Africa and solar users will pay hundreds of rands more every month”. MIleham concluded by saying NERSA should reject Eskom’s exorbitant tariff application because its first obligation is towards consumers – not Eskom