Businesses still in dark over electricity accounts

2014-02-20 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG businesses are still waiting for their electricity accounts to be credited after the National Energy Regulator reversed massive tariff increases charged in November and December last year.

This, as a local attorney believes there may be a case for residents who overpaid the municipality to demand interest on that amount.

The municipality has said that notices were sent out to consumers with the January accounts informing them that the adjustments will be reflected next month. While some residents have confirmed they received the notices, others said they have not. Some residents did not receive their accounts because of the postal strike.

Msunduzi spokesperson Brian Zuma said the adjustments for the tariff reversal will be reflected in the February 2014 statements, which consumers will get at the beginning of March.

Meanwhile, city lawyer Farouk Jasat said there is a case for interest at 15,5% pa to be paid to all consumers who overpaid. He said this was in terms of the Prescribed Rate Of Interest Act, as the electricity account was a debt due that was payable without demand. Jasat has communicated this to Consolidated Billing Manager Moses Ngobese, who said that council does not make provision for interest to be paid due to overpayment. Jasat said yesterday he would follow this up as he believes council was legally obliged to pay interest since it was sitting with residents’ money that was earning interest.

Members of the Msunduzi Action Forum (MAF) said they would be waiting to see if the municipality credits the February accounts. The MAF’s Dev Naidoo said that interested organisations can e-mail or call him on 073 347 9633.

Several residents asked The Witness to republish the revised Nersa tariffs, so they can calculate whether they are paying the right amounts.

The revised tariffs:

Domestic Tariffs

*Domestic Single Phase (8OA)

•Basic charge: R18,375/month

•Net ampere charge (MCB) per amp per phase: R7,297

•Energy charge: 64,78 c/kWh

*Domestic Three Phase (100A)

•Basic charge: R30,618/month

•Net ampere charge (MCB) per amp per phase: R5,380

•Energy charge: 66,01 c/kWh

Commercial Tariffs

*Single Phase (8OA)

•Basic charge: R47,127/month

•Net ampere charge (MCB) per amp per phase: R15,356

•Energy charge: 67,85 c/kWh

*Three Phase (100A)

•Basic charge:


•Net ampere charge (MCB)per amp per phase: R12,955

•Energy charge: 67,85 c/kW.

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