Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) says it is angered by the 18.% electricity tariff granted to Eskom by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa [NERSA].
The energy regulator on Thursday granted the power utility a tariff increment. This tariff increment granted to Eskom occurs against the background of a previous increment of 9.6% in 2022. This constitutes a 28.25% increment in two years on top of the load-shedding crisis that society has had to endure.
“As NEHAWU, we are dismayed that NERSA would grant such an outrageous tariff application to the power utility amidst the socio-economic challenges that confront our country. The 18.65% tariff hike will further plunge our country 2022 y into a deeper socio-economic crisis”.
Meanwhile, DA said the decision by NERSA to increase electricity tariffs despite consumers spending over 120 days in darkness, with indefinite stage 6 load-shedding already in 2023 is “official sanctioned day ling robbery against consumers.”