Electricity tariffs change for some

2015-09-08 06:00
The City of Cape Town has made some changes to its electricity tariffs from this month. 

PHOTO: 
SAmantha Lee

The City of Cape Town has made some changes to its electricity tariffs from this month. PHOTO: SAmantha Lee

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Changes have been made in the way some residents are charged for electricity and the number of free electricity units they get.

Residents who no longer meet the qualifying criteria for the highly subsidised Lifeline 1 or Lifeline 2 electricity tariffs were changed to the unsubsidised Domestic tariff from 1 September. These customers will no longer qualify for free basic electricity allocations.

A number of residents who no longer meet the qualifying criteria for the Lifeline 1 tariff were moved to the Lifeline 2 tariff. These residents will be charged the same rate as before, but they will now only qualify for 25 free units rather than 60.

The Lifeline tariff is aimed at helping poor residents, and is available for all customers who use less than 450kWh per month on average, who use a prepaid meter, whose property valuation is less than R300 000 or who receive a senior citizen or disabled person rebate.

Lifeline tariff customers will receive 60 units free if their average use is below 250kWh a month (Lifeline 1), or 25 units free if their average use is between 250kWh and 450kWh a month (Lifeline 2).

The following changes have been made:

. 5791 residents on the Lifeline 1 tariff were moved to the Domestic tariff.

. 8195 residents on the Lifeline 2 tariff were moved to the Domestic tariff.

. 62 669 customers on the Lifeline 1 tariff were moved to the Lifeline 2 tariff and will qualify for 25 free units.

Any resident on the Domestic tariff can apply for the Lifeline tariff.

“Furthermore, residents supplied via a pre-paid meter are reminded that once they purchase a certain amount of electricity during a month, the rate they are charged will increase – sometimes dramatically depending whether they are a Lifeline or a Domestic tariff customer,” says Ernest Sonnenberg, mayoral committee member for utility services.

“These customers should purchase only the amount of electricity that they need for each month, supplementing with smaller purchases if necessary. At the end of each month, the system will reset.”

For electricity tariffs visit www.capetown.gov.za.


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