Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has urged the National Energy Regulator of South Africa to reject Eskom’s proposed “hefty” electricity tariff increase.
Mayor James Nxumalo expressed concern and cited consequences for the municipality and ratepayers if such a massive increase were okayed.
He said the city had noted Eskom’s submission for a further review of electricity tariff increases, which was in addition to the 14.25% increase already granted by energy regulator Nersa.
“It has been reported that if the request was granted it would push the total electricity increases up to 25.3%,” he said.
Nxumalo said the city did not support the additional increase because it would “negate our efforts to fast-track development and service delivery”.