Electricity increase is a challenge

2017-08-15 06:02

Although [Mayco member] Johan van der Merwe’s statement that it is no longer cheaper to buy electricity in bulk is true, his statement that the latest increase in electricity tariffs are “close to or within the inflation range” cannot go unchallenged.

Previously (in the group I fell in), I got 25 free units per month and the cost per unit for the first 350 units was 98c/ unit, which then increased to R2.52 after this amount was exceeded in the same month. Less electricity is used during the summer months, but if one bought the maximum amount each month at the lower rate, one could build up a “savings bank” of electricity which delayed having to pay the higher rate in winter when usage is much higher.

Now the free units have been removed plus the new rate is R1.69/unit, a 72% increase which is hardly equivalent to the inflation rate. (Although that rate does now apply to the first 600 units.)

Granted the cost might even out during the winter months, but definitely not in summer, so the total increase could possibly average out to about 36% over a yearly period.

Maybe the inflation rate he’s referring to applies to other groups, but certainly not mine and, from the comments I’ve been hearing around me, seems to apply to many people.

Carol Smith Plumstead

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