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Johannesburg - South African electricity users could soon pay the price for the alleged under performance of coal mines supplying coal to Eskom.

Eskom’s Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) includes R2bn which the power utility said was for “coal burn”.

Eskom senior general manager for primary energy Vusi Mboweni said, as a result of the under performance of coal mines meant to supply coal to Eskom’s power stations, the utility had to buy the coal from other suppliers, often at a higher cost.

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