Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shocking Eskom Electricity Price Hikes!!

The National Electricity Regulator of SA (Nersa) approved the following tariff increases 24.8% in 2010; 25.8% in 2011; 25.9% in 2012. So, with the compounded increase, we will be paying double in 3 years time.The National Electricity Regulator of SA (Nersa) claims the tariff increases granted to Eskom were what Eskom needed, not just what the power utility wanted. Whichever the truth is, I can’t help but feel these hikes are very steep, perhaps not for me and the minority that lives relatively comfortable lives compared to the majority of South Africans. Anyone who doesn’t check how much fuel they are putting in and just fill up because it needs to be done, and people who barely check how much their electricity or cell phone bill is, and just pay it cuz it needs to be done, won’t be affected as much, but what about the families of 6 kids with perhaps one parent working, the families that put their geyser off to save electricity, and it gets worse some families will continue to use candles for light and only use electricity for cooking only, why because that’s actually all they can afford – to those I feel this price hike is most unfair, by 2013 we’ll all be paying exactly twice what we pay today for power – as much as I don’t know if anything can be done about it, I can’t help feeling how unfair it is to some.

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