HEARINGS for Eskom’s 19.9% tariff increases commence from the end of the month until November 13.Eskom is requesting that the hike be implemented for the 2018 period in order for the company to raise its total allowable revenue to R219.5 billion,The increase would mean that municipal customers could pay up to 28% more.On the South Coast this is the majority of all users as only a few secluded areas fall outside of the municipality supplied electricity. Local DA spokesperson said Doug Rawlins said the increase was due to Eskom’s “wastage and ridiculous bonus payouts”. “We strongly oppose the tariff increases. The public cannot afford to keep coughing up for corruption and Gupta dealings by the ruling party and Eskom. “Until there is a proper board in place with a CEO and a CFO Eskom we won’t support any of Eskom’s proposals,” said Rawlins. Eskom said 15% of the increase would go towards ICT upgrades. “Basically the increase will be for operational needs, we need to upgrade our systems. Billions of our funds also go to treasury for an environmental levy that Eskom needs to pay annually,” said Eskom spokesperson, Khulu Phasiwe adding that the whole proposal was available on the Nersa website.