PCB tells members: 10% electricity tariff increase still under review, so consumers may pay less

2013-08-09 00:00

YOU don’t have to pay the 10% increase in your latest electricity bill, the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) has told its members.

PCB CEO Melanie Veness said the tariff was under review and there was still a strong chance that it could be adjusted down to seven percent.

She said the municipality itself had advised that the tariff would be adjusted next month if the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) compelled it to lower the percentage increase. The municipality had said that anything additional charged for July would be reversed.

Veness advised: “You are entitled to pay a seven percent increase instead of the charged 10% this month [on electricity only], should you choose to do so, however, you will be liable to pay the difference should Msunduzi be awarded the 10% that they have requested or a percentage higher than seven percent.”

The background to this is that Msunduzi Municipality proposed a 10% electricity tariff increase. PCB made a submission to Nersa for the tariff to be reduced and Nersa appeared to have acceded to the request, recommending a seven percent increase in June.

However, the municipality has since appealed this decision.

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