Business chambers to fight ‘illegal’ municipal power tariffs

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Nersa – which must approve all power tariffs by law – uses a method for municipal tariffs that bears no relation to the actual cost. David McNew/ Getty Images
Nersa – which must approve all power tariffs by law – uses a method for municipal tariffs that bears no relation to the actual cost. David McNew/ Getty Images

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Municipal power tariffs are sky-high and do not reflect what it costs municipalities to distribute electricity, according to business chambers that want to stop this “illegal” situation.

The business chambers of Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, as well as that of Nelson Mandela Bay, say consumers are being exploited by being made to pay for wastage at municipalities, such as power theft, which could be prevented.

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