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Hearings into electricity hike

2010-01-12 09:04

Polokwane - The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) will hold public hearings into Eskom's application for an electricity tariff increase of 35% in Polokwane on Tuesday.

Public hearings began on Monday in Mpumalanga.

Parties expected to participate in Limpopo were Eskom, the Congress of Trade Unions (Cosatu), the office of the Limpopo premier, the Plastic Converters Association of SA, South African NGO Coalition and Nhzelele Electricity Customer Communication Forum.

There have been complaints that people were not aware of the exact date of the public hearing in Limpopo and questions about whether the event was properly advertised.

These include the Democratic Alliance in Limpopo as well as the agricultural union, TAU SA North.

Cosatu in Limpopo said the hikes would have a deep and far reaching negative impact on the economy.

The mining industry would also be adversely affected, it said.

Eskom said it had to raise its tariffs to fund its R385bn expansion plan and had initially asked for three annual electricity price increases of 45% but this request was revised to 35% a year for three years.