Pretoria - The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has sent the City of Tshwane back to the drawing board and gave them a week to submit a proper proposal for tariff hikes, saying their application is incomplete and does not explain why they want to charge consumers more.
"What we have in front of us now is not what the policy requires of you, there is no explanation as to what led to the restructuring and the reason behind the increase. We give you an opportunity to come back to us in writing," said Nomfundo Maseti, acting electricity regulator board member at Nersa.
Nersa held its public hearings on the municipality’s application for a tariff increase of 13.07% and its restructuring of tariffs on Thursday in Pretoria.
The hearings come after AfriForum hauled the municipality to court in a bid to reverse its increased tariffs, saying the hike was done without Nersa's approval.
The court matter was postponed indefinitely after AfriForum and the municipality agreed to engage in talks concerning the hike.